The Hollywood film North Country, directed by Niki Caro (2005), tells a story that shows the audience a patriarchal society that allows the discrimination and oppression of women. By carefully moving across different locations, the film shows that it is not only in a male-dominated workplace like a mine that women are treated like invaders. Rather, wherever they want to cross the cultural borders and try to attain their equal rights, they face opposition from those who wish them to return to their subordinate position. On one level, the narration depicts the different forms of patriarchal oppression like domestic violence, rape, as well as sexual harassment in the work place, and on another level it targets the juridical system.
By studying these examples, this essay traces the cinematic narration by which the filmmaker portrays a patriarchal society. In addition, it shows how the study of the narrative technique of the film leaves a place for an additional interpretive point: that the victory in the courtroom is not necessarily a victory over the patriarchal evaluation of women.
Keywords: North Country, Niki Caro, narration, film studies, fiction, patriarchy
2012. , 13 p.
Ekelund, Bo G.