Aurora Borealis

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"Love is the hardest job to hold"
  • R
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 6.7  (1,803)
  • 58

Aurora Borealis, released in 2005, is a romantic drama film set in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Directed by James C.E. Burke and written by Brent Boyd, the movie has an outstanding cast including Joshua Jackson, Donald Sutherland, Juliette Lewis, and Louise Fletcher. The story revolves around a young man named Duncan Shorter (Joshua Jackson), who suffers from depression and is directionless in life. He works in a home medical equipment company, spending his days delivering bedside commodes to senior citizens. Despite having a girlfriend, he is not happy in his relationship and struggles to find meaning in his life.

One day, his grandfather (Donald Sutherland) comes to live with him and his family. Ronald, his grandfather, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and his memory is slowly fading away. Duncan's grandfather has a passion for watching the Northern Lights, but due to his condition, he cannot travel to see it.

Duncan becomes emotionally attached to his grandfather and tries to help him realize his dream of seeing the Aurora Borealis. Along the way, Duncan meets Kate (Juliette Lewis), a free-spirited co-worker, who helps him discover his passion for nature and the Northern Lights. As their relationship deepens, Duncan starts to find purpose in his life and begins to deal with his mental health issues.

The film explores several themes, including family, love, aging, depression, and the beauty of nature. The movie presents an honest and emotional portrayal of depression and its impact on individuals and their families. Duncan's struggle with his mental health is depicted quite accurately and sensitively.

The movie's strength lies in its fantastic performances by the lead actors. Joshua Jackson delivers a captivating performance as a young man grappling with his inner demons. Donald Sutherland's portrayal of a man with Alzheimer's is both heart-wrenching and endearing. Juliette Lewis's character brings a sense of freshness and lightness to the movie.

The cinematography of the movie is breathtaking, capturing the beauty of the Northern Lights and Minnesota's landscape. The Aurora Borealis serves as a metaphor for the protagonist's journey towards hope and new beginnings. The movie's soundtrack adds to the serene and calm atmosphere and complements the movie's thematic elements.

Aurora Borealis is an indie gem that offers a thought-provoking and heart-warming story laced with subtle humor. It explores themes that resonate with audiences, such as family dynamics, dealing with mental health, and search for purpose. The movie has a magical quality that inspires and uplifts the viewer. It is a poignant reminder of the beauty of life, even in the darkest moments.

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