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Aurora Borealis
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Directed By
James C.E. Burke

Written By:
Brent Boyd

Joshua Jackson, Steven Pasquale, Katie Griffin, Zack Ward, Donald Sutherland, Louise Fletcher, Juliette Lewis, John Kapelos, Diego Fuentes, Judy Sinclair, Jim Feather, Tyler Labine, Tyler Labine, Mark Andrada, Dorion Davis, Welcome Ngozi

Aurora Borealis (2006)
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Movie Review by Tim
March 27th, 2007

Spend More Time With Your Grandparents

Aurora Borealis is the story of Duncan Shorter (played by Joshua Jackson) which is a young man in his mid twenties who realizes that his life is not moving forward and he must do something about it. I myself am 26 years old and I can really relate to feeling like that as I am sure that most humans at some point in their life have experienced the same thing.

Duncan's father has been dead for 10 years. He died when Duncan was only 15 and his father was only 39 at the time of his death. Duncan's grandfather (Donald Sutherland) is suffering from Alzheimer disease and depression but he loves his grandson dearly, you can tell that he is his favorite. Duncan begins to spend more time with his grandfather as it is evident that he wants to die and his health is deteriorating rapidly.

Kate (Juliette Lewis) comes into the picture because she is grandpa's home health care worker and her and Duncan quickly start dating and start to fall for each other immediately. She tries to get Duncan on the right path urging him to go back to school and make a difference in his life.

The first thing I want to say about this film is it was a real treat getting to see the talent of Donald Sutherland. I have never seen him master his craft so well. He won a couple awards for best supporting actor from some film festivals but he should have received an Oscar for this performance it truly is that good.

The second thing is I really learned from this film that I do not spend enough time with my grandparents. This film is really sad, it really shows you the bad side of the elderly, how hard it is to except the fact that your body is dying and you will never be young again. My grandparents are in their late 70's now and I saw them constantly in my mind while watching this film.

The script is remarkable the writer really grasped issues that are rarely captured on film. It is nice to see something that has not been done many times before and carried out by such fine actors such as Sutherland, Jackson and Lewis.

This film is a must see for any true film lover.

I checked out the DVD which is about to be released worldwide on April 3rd, 2007 and it is full of cool special features including a commentary with the production team, Interviews with the cast and crew, music track, and a photo gallery. In one of the interviews the director says that Donald Sutherland actually reminded him of his grandpa and he was so believable that he even got teary-eyed watching the scene through a camera.

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