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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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 »
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 »
What would you do if you knew you only had one day, or one week, or one month to live?
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.
How bad is it?
It's stage four.
How many stages are there?
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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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