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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 ... 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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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 204,375 (Canada), 8 March 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When the motorcycle refuses to start, the headlight is on. In the next shot where the cycle is shown, the light is off. 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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Skyway Bridge
Written by Melissa McClelland
Published by Starcana Songs (SOCAN)
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Beautiful
17 May 2011 | by MaurizioSee all my reviews

This is what I call a real gem. I have just finished watching this movie, and I'm still thinking so deeply about it. I'm a travel fanatic, what would I do if I were to find out what Ben finds out about his health and destiny? Probably just the same.

It's impossible not to think about "Into the wild" when watching this movie and make a comparison. Both film are great, in different ways though, this one is probably more into introspection, the story is more "pruned" when compared to the American movie, the characters met by the main man are different, calmer, probably less American.

I loved everything about this film: the landscapes, the message, the characters (Sam is a good and kind hearted girl which deserves better in her life, the families are described as warm and loving), the literary quotations, the music, everything.

A gem really not to be missed. And Canada, wait for me, I'll be travelling there some time in the future!


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