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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.


(as James Burke)


8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Shorter
Ronald Shorter
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Jim Feather ...
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Linda Shorter
Welcome Ngozi ...
Hamit Arfaya
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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aurora boreal  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


References Today (1982) See more »


Everything Is Broken
Written and Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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12 May 2005 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

i caught this at Tribeca 2005 and i was not expecting what i got - a realistic portrayal of a family in a drama film which wasn't melodramatic or preachy.

instead of distilling the personalities down to identifiable quirks, the cast and crew of aurora tackled the near impossible task of fully fleshing out the majority of the film's characters.

the result was a window into the life of a family that was fascinating to watch. this is also one of the few films I've ever seen which portrayed strong elderly characters. catch this when it hits theaters and video.

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