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Aurora Borealis (Widescreen Edition)

4.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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(Drama) Ever since the premature death of his father, Duncan (Joshua Jackson) has been content with drifting aimlessly through life. When he takes a job in order to be near his ill grandfather (Sutherland) and grandmother (Fletcher), he begins to find purpose. The newfound sense of being needed, plus a budding romance with Kate (Lewis), begins to change Duncan profoundly.

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Joshua Jackson adds another poignant role to his resume as he continues to distance himself from his breakthrough role as hapless Pacey Witter on the television series Dawson's Creek. In the sweet family drama Aurora Borealis, Jackson portrays Duncan, a twentysomething former hockey player who deals with the death of his father--10 years prior--by bonding with his grandfather Ronald (Donald Sutherland), whose own health is deteriorating due to the onset of dementia. Though others dismiss his rambling as the babbles of an old man, Duncan sees that however his grandfather may seem, he has moments of lucidity. His grandfather claims he can see the Aurora Borealis from his balcony, and who is Duncan to contradict him? Both share a sardonic and sarcastic sense of humor, as well as a feeling of guilt about their respective losses. While Duncan sees Ronald as a fairly strong man, his grandmother (Louise Fletcher) worries about her husband's obsession with guns. Duncan also develops feelings for his grandfather's free-spirited nurse Kate (Juliette Lewis), a development that surprises no one. Lewis has played similar roles before, but she brings such vivaciousness to her part that viewers can see why Duncan is smitten. She's emboldened to move forward and start a new life, while he's reticent to let go of the past and move toward the unknown. At one point, Duncan has to decide whether he can let go of his fears to try to make a future for himself with Kate. The film moves at a slow pace, but that actually works with the plot, since it mirrors Duncan's own hesitation. The acting all around is superb, especially in the interactions between Jackson and Sutherland. In the end, it doesn't really matter whether Ronald can see the Northern Lights. If he believes he can, then he can. And that's the kind of optimism that his grandson so desperately needs. --Jae-Ha Kim

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  • Actors: Joshua Jackson, Donald Sutherland, Juliette Lewis, Steven Pasquale, Katie Griffin
  • Directors: James C.E. Burke
  • Writers: Brent Boyd
  • Producers: Chris Miller, Jayne Amelia Larson, Rick Bieber, Scott Disharoon, Sherri Saito
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Liberation Ent
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MEYJII
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,179 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Aurora Borealis (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2007
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AURORA BOREALIS is a superb film by James Burke ('In Dark Places' and 'Tis a Gift to Be Simple') from a story by Brent Boyd ('The Green Room' and 'Crazy') and if this film is a sample of how these two fine talents collaborate, we can only hope for more. The cast assembled for this movie gives evidence that the actors deeply admire their vision: it is well deserved.

The setting is winter in Minneapolis, the hometown of the Shorter family: Grandfather Ronald (Donald Sutherland), Grandmother Ruth (Louise Fletcher), and the two grandsons Duncan (Joshua Jackson) and Jacob (Steven Pasquale). The boys' father died at age 39 (10 years prior to the opening of the story) and both boys grew up on their own, feeling deserted by a father who had been a cocaine abuser at one time. Duncan had been a champion hockey player, but when his father died his goals diminished and he has been in and out of odd jobs without a solid look at his future. Jacob runs a nursing home business and when he is not working, he is bringing his girlfriends to Duncan's flat for trysts. Duncan cares for his grandfather Ronald who has multiple illnesses (Parkinson's Disease, dementia) yet who maintains a humble life with Ruth. As Ronald's condition deteriorates, Duncan takes a handyman's job in the complex where his grandparents live and during this time the two men bond more closely than ever: Ronald's fading mind sees northern lights from his apartment window and Duncan out of love and growing understanding lets him believe they are real. Ronald is aware of his mental instability and lets Duncan know that he would like to take his life with a shotgun, an idea Duncan prevents.
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I have to admit that I bought this movie because of my Joshua Jackson crush. I am happy to admit that this movie is so good! The acting in it is great, it is shot beautifully and the story line is engaging. I highly recommend this movie.
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I just love this movie. 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.

The performances are 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.

If you like films about real characters and real emotions, you should see this movie -- you won't be disappointed.
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Good film for younger and older adults. Many different stories going on within the movie which keeps people interested. Excellent acting.
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Joshua Jackson is type-cast as another "Dawson's Creek" Pacey Witter character -- down and out and ridiculed by family and friends as a loser. Still he's my favorite actor right now, so I like almost anything he's in.
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Not much else to say about this film that hasn't already been said. Buy it. You'll like it. Some movies for some reason don't merit adequate studio marketing budgets, and the rest of us fans suffer because of it. Politics and money -- what life seems to boil down to these days. Not sure what's up with Amazon.com and its tendency to leave out DVD special feautres information, but for the record this one includes: Production Commentary; Interviews with Cast & Crew; and Isolated Music Track.
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Now this is great movie-making. Ensemble cast is top notch. Script is fabulous, and the soundtrack works great. There isn't a gun anywhere except when Donald Sutherland tries to commit suicide, but it's brief. Sutherland is outstanding in his role as grandpa. A film about life, and home and the meaning of it all. Of course, boy gets girl, but that's one of the few cliches here. Watch this!
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By Scott on January 24, 2013
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I have been searching for this movie at a reasonable price for several years. No store carries it nor seems to have even heard of the movie - what a shame. I would recommend this movie as well as the seller to anyone!
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