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Alcan Highway (2013)

Alcan Highway is a film about a journey, a dream which seems to be coming true. But is it what Hese really wanted?

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Heikki Tolonen ...
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Jon Ayres ...
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Rhys Palmer ...
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Rhonda Durgeloh ...
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Jesse ...
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E.A. Patson ...
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Harold ...
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Alcan Highway is a film about a journey, a dream which seems to be coming true. But is it what Hese really wanted?

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March 2013 (Finland)  »

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Alaska Highway  »

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Alcan Highway is the tale of a one charming wanderer's Quixotic mission.
29 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hese is a man with a mission and Alcan Highway is a document of that mission. After purchasing an antique rusty bucket truck in Alasks, he leaves his home in Finland, recruits some buds, and intends to make this contraption into a rolling mobile home. He also aims to park in Vancouver Island, a mere 4000 kilometers from where it sits, and by sit I mean it hasn't been started in 40 years. Not surprising, our charming wandering hero encounters some failures along the way, the personal ones perhaps outweighing the mechanical ones.

Of all the flavors of documentary filmmaking, the human on a totally Quixotic mission is my personal favorite. Director Aleksi Salmenperä handles this tale beautifully, never once trying to explain why Hese is doing this – because really, could there be an adequate answer? Hese is one charming Finn, even when he's being obstinate and willful. The singled minded focus with which he persons his very odd vision draws the viewer in and the stunning natural beauty of the North American west coast provides some great scenery along the way. Alcan Highway is definitely a Hot Docs must see.


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