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Drama - Completed 2014

Academy Award Nominee Bruce Dern. When a young boy is sent to live on his grandparents' Vermont farm, he uncovers long-festering family secrets.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 108 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jay CRAVEN
    • Writer(s)
    • Jay CRAVEN
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Northern Borders tells the story of young Austen Kittredge who is sent by his father to live on his grandparents’ Vermont farm where he experiences odd adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. It’s 1956 and the farm becomes a magical place for Austen, full of eccentric people like his rascal cousin and stubborn grandparents, whose thorny marriage is known as the Forty Years War.
      Northern Borders marks Kingdom County’s wobbly first steps toward rural electrification a development that provides an arena at the county courthouse for Austen’s warring grandparents to settle a score. The film takes viewers to a roughhewn county fair, where Austen’s grandparents compete for the maple syrup blue ribbon—and it digs into their relationship’s haunted past, where questions of lost love and fidelity still chafe.
      Challenged to navigate this tangled emotional landscape, Young Austen seeks friendship in the company of a poor country girl whom he meets at the town’s fractious one-room schoolhouse. Then he finds himself getting more than he bargained for when his rowdy Aunt Liz arrives in town. At first young Austen finds himself infatuated with Liz and the idea that her list of former husbands includes a direct descendent of notorious outlaws, Frank and Jesse James. But when his aunt enlists him to help recover a lost treasure and a determined FBI agent arrives in town, Austen finds himself potentially implicated in an unsolved bank robbery.
      A humorous and sometimes startling coming-of-age story, Northern Borders evokes the Northeast Kingdom’s wildness, its sublime beauty, and its aura of enchantment.