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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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Love is the hardest job to hold. See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »

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References Norma Rae (1979) See more »

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Everything Is Broken
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Top 10 film for 2006!
17 January 2007 | by gpoobah12See all my reviews

I saw this at the West Los Angeles screening last September. Since I was feeling a little homesick for Minneapolis, I decided to take a flyer and shell out $10 to see it. My expectations weren't that high since Mr. Dawson's Creek, Joshua Jackson, was one of the leads.

Little did I realize that Joshua Jackson would be brilliant in this movie. As good as Joshua Jackson performed, Donald Sutherland turned in one of the best performances by any actor. This movie doesn't beat you over the head with a stick, it's much more subtle than the current schlock that passes for cinema these days! Juliette Lewis plays against type, but does it so well. You actually care about the characters. This is one of the best crafted films of 2006! The only flaw I see in this movie is the lack of distribution. I've told my friends across the country that this is a "must see" movie and only those in MN have been fortunate enough to see it. There are so few well made films, something needs to be done to increase Aurora's exposure!


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