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Aurora Borealis (2005)

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A troubled young man struggling to right himself after the premature death of his father.

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Jacob Shorter
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Sandy
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Lindstrom
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Finn
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Ronald Shorter
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Ruth Shorter
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Clerk
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Kate
Jim Feather ...
Mr. Gunderson
Judy Sinclair ...
Linda Shorter
Welcome Ngozi ...
Hamit Arfaya
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Stu
Dorion Davis ...
Lucy
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Hacksetter
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Duncan is a depressed 20-something who has just lost another job. He makes extra money by letting out his flat for his brother's romantic trysts, but when a job comes up as a caretaker in his grandparent's building he takes it. His grandfather has Parkinson's Disease and he and his wife have a caregiver whom Duncan finds compellingly upbeat. As they begin a tentative romance, and Duncan spends more time with his grandparents, he begins to face his feelings about the early loss of his father. A moving drama, set in a frigid Minnesota landscape. Written by johnno.r[at]xtra.co.nz

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22 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aurora Boreal  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$60,552 (USA) (1 December 2006)
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In the scene were Ronald introduces Kate to Duncan he tells her what a good hockey player Duncan is. He comments that Duncan is almost as good as a Canuck. 'Canuck' is a slang term for someone from Canada. Joshua Jackson, the actor who plays Duncan, is actually from Vancouver, BC. See more »

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References The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) See more »

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Looking Up In Heaven
Written and Performed by Paul Westerberg
Courtesy of Vagrant Records
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Moving story about a man trying to deal with his life and his family
12 June 2006 | by (Bridgman, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Watefront Film Festival in Saugatuck, Michigan. Directed by James Burke, the film is about unemployable Duncan Shorter (played by Joshua Jackson, making an impressive break from his usual teen and college aimed roles) who gets a new job as a handyman so he can be near his grandparents Ronald and Ruth (Donald Sutherland and Louise Fletcher). Juliette Lewis plays Kate, the home assistant of the grandparents, helping Ronald deal with his Alzheimer's disease. Duncan and Kate meet and quickly form a relationship. Set in the winter of Minnesota, the film is a touching story about a man trying to cope with the death of his father and trying to break free from his fears of the past, present, and future.

I really enjoyed this movie, the acting was wonderful. Donald Sutherland gives a heartbreaking performance as the deteriorating grandfather, it's not over the top, it's just true and believable, proving again why he is one of the greatest actors working today. It's nice to see Louise Fletcher in this giving another one of her great role, even if she doesn't get much screen time. Juliette Lewis also does a nice job, even though it does seem like a typical Lewis performance. And I really enjoyed Joshua Jackson, this is the first adult role I've seen him play and was very impressed. I'm really looking forward to seeing Jackson's future roles, now that I know he has this kind of range.

Overall, it was a nice film, worth watching just for the performances. I wish everybody involved with the making of it the best of luck.


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