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One Week (I) (2008)

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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 <>

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6 March 2009 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Egy hét  »

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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 »


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 »


[first lines]
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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Music and Lyrics by Andrew Heintzman
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No Saskatchewan???
29 March 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I totally loved this movie. The only thing that bugged me was that all of the "Saskatchewan" scenes were not actually filmed in Saskatchewan, so that was a bummer.I love Joshua Jackson and love the fact that he is Canadian. I thought it was a beautifully done movie that made me very proud to be Canadian.

I was expecting it to be intense and to a certain degree it was, but it was also funny, heart warming and inspiring.

I highly recommend this film to any Canadian who wants to see more of our beautiful country on film. And for anyone else in the world who wants to see how amazing and vast out country is.

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