Charlize Theron received her second Oscar nomination for playing Josey Aimes in North Country.
North Country is anything but a perfect movie. When handling such serious subject matter like sexual harassment, one has to really make the film stand out, and not just another one of those corny Lifetime movies. North Country decides to do both. It hits you over the head with it's subject matter, but never let's go of the sentimentality that these types of movies always have. But, Charlize Theron completely saves it.
Josey Aimes had had some bad luck. Her husband has beat her up for the last time, and she decides to take her kids and move back in with her parents. Josey has always been a woman who has been put down upon. Even her own parents seem to have little patience or respect for her. She gets a job in the mines, and it's clear from the beginning, this is a man's world, and the women who work there are constantly harassed by the men.
Charlize Theron is one of the best actresses working today, and no, it's not just her famous turn that will be discussed in the future. I feel I always have to defend her, because some think she's simply a one hit wonder. Well, if there's any proof she has artistic talent, it's here. She not only controls her movie to the inth degree, but she establishes her character as a "mad as hell" woman who will not suffer the abuse that so many has before her. Of course, this isn't a mind-blowing or iconic performance by any means, but she is able to turn in great work without overdoing it or staying where her material wants her too.
Theron creates a worn out woman, tired of the world being oppressive to her. She never over plays the fact her character is constantly abused and tormented by what seems like everyone. A very fine performance from a great actress.