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One Week (2008)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 6 March 2009 (Canada)
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Chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life.

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Out of the blue, Ben learns he has stage IV cancer; survival, with treatment, is 10 percent. So this risk-averse, slow-to-act, quiet man buys a used motorcycle, says goodbye to Samantha, his baffled fiancée, and heads west from Toronto. He imagines it's a quest for Grumps, a mythical figure from his childhood; he takes digital photos of various "world's largest" roadside attractions; he chats with strangers, including two women; his bike slips on a dead skunk on the highway. Calls to Samantha meet with pleading that he return for treatment and anger that he won't. He doesn't want to be a patient yet. But, will he make discoveries, and what about Grumps? What's important? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)
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The motorcycle Ben travels with is a 1973 Norton 850 Commando. See more »

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We see Ben enter Saskatchewan from Manitoba and then go to Kipling which is a side trip south of the TCH. We next see his cycle dying on the side of the highway after making a side trip to see the desert Camel. The problem is the camel (Sarah) is in Glenboro, Manitoba. This would have been over a 320 km reverse trip for Ben to make. Unlikely he would have taken this 6-7 hour round trip detour when he could have easily driven south of the TCH on his way to SK. See more »

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Narrator: What would you do if you knew you only had one day, or one week, or one month to live?
Doctor: I'm afraid it's not great news. We've picked up cancerous cells in your blood, your liver, and your lymph nodes. We need to get you into treatment right away.
Ben Tyler: How bad is it?
Doctor: It's stage four.
Ben Tyler: How many stages are there?
Doctor: Four.
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Hard Road
Written and Performed by Sam Roberts
Courtesy of Universal Music Publishing Group Canada
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timeless theme
13 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a very Canadian movie, not only in the use of the gorgeous cross-country scenery that provides both a backdrop and a reflective commentary on the main character's personal search but also because of it is patently outside the realm of the "regular" Hollywood (i.e. American) fare. This is not to suggest that only Canucks can enjoy or appreciate this wonderful, warm-hearted, evocative, simple story because the plot line and embedded themes are universal and timeless.

There is a leisurely quality to this narrative and a kind of inevitability to the whole story that makes it poignant yet full of strength at the same time. The voice-over done by a sonorously voiced Campbell Scott works so well that far from being intrusive as most add-ons are, it (he) becomes a character in his (its) own right.

This is one of those "festival sleepers" that will never have wide distribution but which will delight and uplift any who see it.


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