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Aurora Borealis (2006)

Aurora Borealis

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

September 15, 2006 (NY)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

110 min.

Studio

Regent Releasing

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  1 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

James Burke

Producer

Scott Disharoon, Rick Bieber

Screenwriter

Brent Boyd

Starring

Story


Ever since the premature death of his father, 25-year-old Minneapolis slacker Duncan (Joshua Jackson) is content with shuffling aimlessly through life, hanging out with his lifelong friends, and ditching one dead-end job after another.

Duncan takes a job as a handyman in a high-rise that allows him to be near his gravely ill grandfather Ronald (Donald Sutherland), who's more than a handful for his grandmother Ruth (Louise Fletcher). That newfound sense of purpose, plus a budding romance with home healthcare provider Kate (Juliette Lewis), gives Duncan the motivation to take charge of his life. However, Kate isn't one to stay in the same place for too long, and Duncan is soon torn between following her to California and a new, more responsible life, and his feelings of familial obligation to an increasingly suicidal Ronald.

This funny and touching family drama from director James Burke, with a soundtrack featuring music by Minnesota natives Bob Dylan and Paul Westerberg, has something to say to audiences of all ages.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..one of those turgid family dramas that hides its self-importance beneath a homey blue-collar facade..”
by Tim Cogshell [Boxoffice Magazine]
“..an excellent little film..”
by Brian Orndorf [eFilmCritic]
“..eventually succumbs to shopworn narrative contrivances..”
by Tim Knight [Reel]