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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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James C.E. Burke (as James Burke)

Writer:

Brent Boyd
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Jackson ... Duncan Shorter
Steven Pasquale ... Jacob Shorter
Katie Griffin ... Sandy
Zack Ward ... Lindstrom
Tyler Labine ... Finn
Donald Sutherland ... Ronald Shorter
Louise Fletcher ... Ruth Shorter
Mark Andrada Mark Andrada ... Clerk
Juliette Lewis ... Kate
Jim Feather Jim Feather ... Mr. Gunderson
Judy Sinclair Judy Sinclair ... Linda Shorter
Welcome Ngozi Welcome Ngozi ... Hamit Arfaya
John Kapelos ... Stu
Dorion Davis Dorion Davis ... Lucy
Timm Sharp ... Hacksetter
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Love is the hardest job to hold. Love. The only job worth holding. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aurora Boreal See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,321, 17 September 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$60,552, 3 December 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

References Today (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Breath In Time
Written by Tony Pine and Lance Horwedel
Performed by Bar 61
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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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