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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.

Director:

Michael McGowan

Writers:

Michael McGowan, Marguerite Pigott (story editor)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Jackson ... Ben Tyler
Peter Spence Peter Spence ... Doctor
Marc Strange Marc Strange ... Art Carey
Gage Munroe ... Young Ben
Richard Waugh ... Baseball Coach
Deirdre Kirby Deirdre Kirby ... Mrs. Bell
Liane Balaban ... Samantha Pierce
Fiona Reid ... Mary Tyler
Chuck Shamata ... Gerald Tyler
Caroline Cave ... Nancy Tyler
Jodi Brooks Jodi Brooks ... Nurse Forrester
Chris Benson Chris Benson ... Mayor
David Reale ... Pete
Kyle Fairlie Kyle Fairlie ... Oscar
Colin Fox ... Father O'Neill
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

What would you do?

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 March 2009 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Egy hét See more »

Filming Locations:

Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 204,375 (Canada), 8 March 2009
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The motorcycle Ben travels with is a 1973 Norton 850 Commando. See more »

Goofs

When the farmer is allegedly visiting her son in Fort McMurray, she is shown meeting a guy who is standing alongside his pickup truck. The location is not Fort Mac at all, but Tino's Drive-In, a historic and still operating vintage hamburger drive thru in Medicine Hat, Alberta. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References Manufactured Landscapes (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Reborn
Written by Ged Flood (Ged Flood / PRS)
Published by The dBc (Creative Elevation Music / SESAC)
Courtesy of Personiphonic Records
Performed by Ged Flood
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Pure Canadian Gem
8 March 2009 | by TiedyedaisySee all my reviews

In my opinion, One Week is one of the best Canadian films to date. I enjoyed it even more than Men with Brooms (which is saying a lot).

I loved taking the journey with Ben. The narrator adds a bit more depth to the plot, as we find how Ben touches various lives along the way. The beautiful scenery (which as a Canadian I take for granted) is visually stunning.

Ben's story in itself is both sad and heart-warming. For those weary of a sad ending, don't be - You will leave the theatre happy and inspired.

I will gladly recommend this movie to all my fellow Canucks and anyone else in the world.


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