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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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The Stanley Cup is adorned with small plaques of the players and staff of each championship team. The plaque Ben kisses is that of the 1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs, which is referenced earlier in the film as a the beginning of a notorious championship dry spell for Maple Leaf hockey fans. See more »

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As Ben travels across Northern Ontario, he stops in Kenora, Ontario for a pose with Husky the Musky. He is next seen posing alongside the World's Largest Smoking Pipe - in St. Claude Manitoba and then we see him passing the "Welcome to Manitoba" sign which he would have passed 250km before the smoking pipe and 50km past Kenora. 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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Skyway Bridge
Written by Melissa McClelland
Published by Starcana Songs (SOCAN)
Courtesy of Orange Record Label
Performed by Melissa McClelland
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TIFF Premiere
9 September 2008 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I had the privilege of being in the audience for the premiere screening of One Week last night in Toronto. As with many Canadian films, the lack of an appreciative audience was evident by many empty seats in Roy Thompson Hall. However, for those of us who were in attendance, we were treated to an incredibly funny (in a tragic way typical of many Canadian films) and touching film. Joshua Jackson (notably absent from the premiere), showed a great range and presented a complex, well-developed character. The scenery was beautiful and there were many Canadian touches to the film - the audience in particular seemed to enjoy the references to Tim Horton's and Canadian Tire. However, the story has a universal theme and will hopefully go on to be enjoyed by a wider audience from around the world.


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