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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 05.27.16] Canada comedy drama



One of the highlights of last years VIFF was Sean Garrity's hybrid road trip/family dramedy Borealis. Jonas Chernick wrote the script and stars as Jonah, a gambling addicted father whose daughter Aurora (Joey King) is suffering from a condition which has led to her vision deteriorating.


With only a short window of before his daughter goes completely blind, Jonah decides the time has come to take Aurora on a road trip to see the Northern Lights but his gambling problem? It's come to bite him in the ass. He owes $50K and Tubby (Kevin Pollak) and his sidekick Brick (Clé Bennett) are determined to collect. Whatever it takes.


Garrity is a talented filmmaker and Chernick's script is a wonderful blend of comedy and drama peppered with great father/daughter moments that don't feel at all contrived not to mention that Pollak and Bennett are the best debt collectors I've seen in some time. The pair play so well off of each other, I wanted to see more of their adventures in collections.



Borealis has been making the festival rounds the last few months and is returning to Vancouver for one night only on Sunday, May 29. The screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with stars Kevin Pollak and Joey King. If you're in town, I highly recommend checking it out and if you're not, be sure to read our interview with Garrity and Chernick while you wait for the movie to roll into your city.




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