Cate Blanchett in Little Fish
Our 14th film of the festival and first of the day was North Country from Niki Caro, director of Whale Rider. This is the film chronicling the early 90's landmark sexual harassment suit from women working at a mining site in northern Minnesota. Charlize Theron is fantastic here, playing a very thick-skinned women who's put up with a lot in her life ,but refuses to take any more after her new mining job is able to help her give her and her children every modest thing they could ask for. I found it a very powerful film and would be interested in knowing just how much detailed in the film actually happened to Therons' real-life counterpart. The film is quite strong in all areas, especially its supporting cast.

Following North Country we went to see The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, the directorial debut from Tommy Lee Jones. Unfortunately no one was on hand to introduce the film, so just the piracy note and then straight into the screening. I'm not sure what to think of this film, though I am fond of Jones' character, Pete Perkins, as well as Melquiades who spends a very short amount of overall time on the screen. I bought into their relationship and Pete's motivation to carry out his friend’s final wishes. However, overall I feel the film is a little long in the tooth and repetitive, and could probably have been more successful as an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger or something than a feature length film.

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