(Joshua Jackson, Donald Sutherland, Juliette Lewis, Steven Pasquale, et al / DVD / R / (2006) 2007 / Liberation Ent.)
Overview: 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.
DVD Verdict: Alternately breezy and profound, 'Aurora Borealis' hits enough emotional chords to connect with the viewer - especially those easily charmed by a seemingly newly mature Joshua Jackson and a continually frisky Juliette Lewis - and ensures that although it truly is nothing more than a little indie drama that could, its effervescence follows you long into the night.
The story of a Minneapolis guy with an ailing grandpa - a deeply aged Donald Sutherland - the plot of a family; and therein community trying to snap him out of his depressed life rut actually turns out to be quite a charmer. I say that as on paper, who would have bet on the movie parnership of both Lewis and Jackson to strike realisim?!
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 (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.
Sure the film goes through some rather predictable hoops ie: until the pair discover their rather stark differences and therein similarities, ut once over that speed bump both actors enjoy a genuine on-screen bonding that we have rarely seen in a such a long time. With Lewis winningly playing it straight, and Sutherland (slightly) hamming it up a tad as an old codger with shaky hands,the overall theatrical flair in the film works to everyone's advantage. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Interviews With The Cast and Crew
Isolated Music Track