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Aurora Borealis (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  22 April 2005 (USA)
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A troubled young man struggling to right himself after the premature death of his father.


(as James Burke)


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Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aurora boreal  »

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$4,321 (USA) (15 September 2006)


$60,552 (USA) (1 December 2006)

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The bridge (I-35W) where Duncan and Kate are standing under where he throws the snowball and says "Some things are built to last, and others fall apart", collapsed in 2007. See more »


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Written and Performed by Sonny Curtis
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Oscar-worthy performance by Donald Sutherland
30 June 2006 | by (Beverly Hills) – See all my reviews

I had never seen Joshua Jackson before. What a talent, and what a nice surprise. His is a masterful performance of a young man turning the corner from being mired in his thinking to one who awakens before our eyes. This cast is absolutely perfect, from Juliette Lewis' free spirit, to Louise Fletcher's supportive, but somewhat helpless grandmother, to an absolute, don't-miss-this Oscar performance by Donald Sutherland as the aging grandfather whose illness is getting the best of him. Roger Ebert & Richard Roeper have talked about their hope Sutherland gets another good role, because he's such a fine actor. This is the role, this is the year, and I hope the world discovers this little gem of a movie in the glut of big studio releases and marketing. It's rated R for language, but it's barely an R. Because of the discussion of suicide, it's really just a PG-13. Find this movie. You'll have to look for it, because it's being released in the small indie art house market. It should be in every multiplex in America.

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