North Country

Maija and I just finished watching North Country, with Charlize Theron and Sissy Spacek. Man... very powerful movie. Maija's still wiping the tears from her cheeks, but at least they're smiling cheeks (due in part to my kisses, naturally). For those who don't know, the film is set in Minnesota in the 1970s, and is the story (based on true events) of women mine workers and their struggle against sexual harassment. It's directed by Niki Caro, the New Zealand born director of Whale Rider (if you haven't seen Whale Rider, rent it soon time). Also staring is the ever excellent Sean Bean (who once sued Rowan Atkinson for his Mr. Bean character).

I'd give this movie 4.5 / 5 stars. It's truly a well made film, doesn't pull it's punches, and is an important message to get out. It was surprising to my naive self to hear that up until the mid 70s, no women were employed in any of the mines. Cause the 70s AINT that long ago.

My lovely wife and I were discussing rape, and payback, two themes that are prevalent near the end of the movie, and she asked what I would do if someone was assaulting her (not rape specifically). It's certainly not a pleasant question to answer, as a husband and a man who knows (on the good days) right from wrong. I told her that if I encountered someone assaulting her, or was made aware of a person assaulting her on an ongoing bassist, then that person's number was up. However, if I hunted down someone who had assaulted her, to exact revenge on said person, I believe that is wrong. I would be loth to continue the cycle of hate and sin that the enemy only wants me to continue, but I would also hate for my wife to feel that I am not/would not be protecting her.

Where do you think that line is drawn? No really... where?