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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Duncan Shorter
... Jacob Shorter
... Sandy
... Lindstrom
... Finn
... Ronald Shorter
... Ruth Shorter
Mark Andrada ... Clerk
... Kate
Jim Feather ... Mr. Gunderson
Judy Sinclair ... Linda Shorter
Welcome Ngozi ... Hamit Arfaya
... Stu
Dorion Davis ... Lucy
... 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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Love is the hardest job to hold. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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22 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aurora Boreal  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,321, 17 September 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$60,552, 3 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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References Beavis and Butt-Head (1993) See more »

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Everything Is Broken
Written and Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A wonderful film about life and family...
22 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw a screening of this movie last night and absolutely loved it. I went in with little to no expectations, and the film definitely delivered. The performances were subtle yet perfectly spot on, with the standouts being Joshua Jackson and Donald Sutherland. This is a true leading man role for Jackson, and takes him beyond just being "Pacey" into being a great, adult actor. Donald Sutherland is also a revelation, and their acting chemistry is fantastic.

The film isn't manipulative or preachy, it just tells a story and tells it well and manages to make you care about every single character, which is quite an accomplishment. This is James Burke's first film, and I hope he makes many more because he is a talent. He has quite a way with actors (he got a great performance out of everyone, even the smallest characters) and a great sense of tone and control. He also was able to balance the humor of the script with the pathos, and never make it feel forced.

If you like films about real characters and real emotions, you should see this movie -- you won't be disappointed.


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