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      Borealis

      2015 1 hr. 35 min. Comedy Drama List
      60% 5 Reviews Tomatometer 33% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Jonah, an unempolyed gambler, takes his daughter Aurora on a road trip to see the Northern Lights before her vision disorder renders her blind. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 26 Buy Now

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      Audience Member Good grief. What a terrible movie. Was it a high school kid's project? The weak gambling storyline should have been trashed altogether. Didn't make any sense to what should have been the main focus of the 15 year old girl who's going blind at such a dramatic speed. The writer should have gone back to the drawing board and this should have never been a film. Yikes! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review john s Taking the typically fraught, father and teenage daughter relationship to extremes, "Borealis" throws three mammoth wrenches into the already stinky stew: the daughter is going blind, the father is a gambling addict, and the mother has passed. Here we go. In hopes of familial reconciliation, bad dad decides a road trip to see the Northern Lights in Churchill is the cure-all. Or at least the best idea of the moment, especially since a couple of thugs are sniffing around for money owed. Yes a road trip. Connecting the cliche dots is actually quite fun, for despite a bevy of depressing plot lines, the film slips in some comedic flare to keep the engine running. It's a truly Canadian experience: leaving the city, driving across wide expanses, fueling up on coffee and gas and black jack games in remote small towns, searching for the light at the end of the tunnel. "Borealis" tackles a lot of heady issues, often unsuccessfully, but at the core, remains a charming little film with a lot of heart, and top notch acting from the leads. - hipCRANK Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Genuinely moving, intelligent film. Great performances by Jonas Chernick and Joey King. Little darker than I expected, but still plenty of laughs. Go see it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Family issues, addiction , road trip , half hearted gangsters , yet it all works to hold your interest. This is not a big budget movie , it's a bit of a throw back to earlier movies but Jonas and Joey King make it work . Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Marsha Lederman Globe and Mail The film is rife with tropes: the bonding road trip, the blindness that allows for true vision and a ruthless money-lender called "the Rabbi." Rated: 2/4 Apr 8, 2016 Full Review Martin Knelman Toronto Star On the surface it seems like a chronicle about desperate people and troubled lives. Yet it's full of rich comic moments and euphoric revelations. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 7, 2016 Full Review Randall King Winnipeg Free Press Befitting a movie featuring a degenerate gambler, Sean Garrity's Borealis takes a few breathtaking risks. Fortunately, they pay off. Rated: 3.5/5 Apr 14, 2016 Full Review Norman Wilner NOW Toronto The movie's greatest asset is its cast: Chernick and King are very well matched in the leads, and Pollak and Emily Hampshire deliver solid support. Rated: 3/5 Apr 6, 2016 Full Review Ken Eisner Georgia Straight By and large, English-Canadian filmmakers need to hear one thing: if you don't have a budget, don't try so damn hard! Feb 22, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Jonah, an unempolyed gambler, takes his daughter Aurora on a road trip to see the Northern Lights before her vision disorder renders her blind.
      Director
      Sean Garrity
      Executive Producer
      James Fler, Mark Gingras, Erla Glesby, Andrew Thomas Hunt
      Screenwriter
      Jonas Chernick
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      Unknown language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 25, 2017
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