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Aurora Borealis (2006)



Critic Consensus: Deeply reminiscent of other, better films, Aurora Borealis nonetheless succeeds on the strength of winning performances from Sutherland and Jackson.

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Duncan Shorter. Bright. Charming. Never met a job from which he couldn't be fired. His buddies are growing up and beginning lives of responsibility, but Duncan is still looking for that spark. It arrives from a most unexpected corner. Visiting his grandmother Ruth's new senior residence, Duncan jumps at the chance to become the building's handyman. It will keep him close to his grandfather Ronald, whose faculties are failing as quickly as the light of this Minnesota winter. When Ronald goes, Duncan realizes, he'll take with him the last shadow of Duncan's father, whose unresolved death years earlier still haunts him. And, then there's Ronald's feisty home nurse, Kate, a restless spirit as free as Duncan is trapped. They soon find themselves drawn together in a relationship neither one wants but both of them need. Kate's freedom is seductive, but what is it hiding? With the burning light of Kate on one side and Ronald's dying flame on the other, Duncan confronts his own darkness and takes his first fledgling steps into a brighter tomorrow.


Joshua Jackson
as Duncan Shorter
Donald Sutherland
as Ronald Shorter
Louise Fletcher
as Ruth Shorter
Zack Ward
as Lindstrom
Jim Feather
as Mr. Gunderson
Welcome Ngozi
as Hamit Arfaya
Joyce Campion
as Mrs. Hollerich
Bryan Hatt
as Hardware Employee
Niamh Wilson
as Isabelle
George Cassey
as Paul Westerberg
Timm Sharp
as Hacksetter
Tatum Knight
as Bethany
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Critic Reviews for Aurora Borealis

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (15)

Seems designed to reward Jackson with his biggest adult part to date, though it doesn't give the Vancouver, B.C., native a lot to work with.

October 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

Good Will Hunting but in the Midwest and minus the tortured math genius, psychological breakthroughs, and convincing local color.

October 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Every bromide, plot twist and stock character arrives right on time and, to give director James Burke his due, function as well as they ever have.

September 29, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A sensitive and touching story about a distressed family and the emotional glue that holds it together.

September 28, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4

Most successful in capturing the emotional elements of its story, the film relies on its excellent cast to balance out sketchily drawn characters and the unfortunate obviousness of its plot.

September 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Juliette Lewis makes Aurora Borealis into a funnier, richer, more powerful film than it has any reason to be.

September 20, 2006

Audience Reviews for Aurora Borealis

A good script, well performed by a really good cast...including Juliette Lewis (I say this even though I am not a fan). I was very impressed with Joshua Jackson, and Donald Sutherland in this film. The main plot deals with mortality, growing old, and the love of family...all with a touch of saddness, and humor together. Nice movie.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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