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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.

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Michael McGowan

Writer:

Michael McGowan
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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 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:

CAD2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,918
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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

As Ben travels across Northern Ontario, he stops in Kenora, Ontario for a pose with Husky the Musky. He is next seen posing alongside the World's Largest Smoking Pipe - in St. Claude Manitoba and then we see him passing the "Welcome to Manitoba" sign which he would have passed 250km before the smoking pipe and 50km past Kenora. 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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Soundtracks

Blackwinged Bird
Written by Emm Gryner
Published by Emm Gryner Songs
Courtesy of Dead Daisy Records and Carat Music Brokering
Performed by Emm Gryner
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Worth Seeing
30 January 2009 | by rayne_koestSee all my reviews

I just arrived home from seeing this film and I am very glad I went. If you get a chance go see it, or rent it when it comes out on DVD, I highly recommend it. I feel that One Week manages to be a thoughtful yet crowd-pleasing examination of a somewhat cliché expression without being overbearing or preachy... there are also some very very funny moments. The film uses celebrations of Canada, ranging from quirky to touching, to help weave around and through the big question/quest. Is it uniquely Canadian? Well I think in many ways "Canadian" is a moving target, and the elements of Canadiana used in One Week are strongly tied into the traditional ideas of Canadiana - the defining role that the natural environment has played in the personal and collective development of the nation. The vastness, beauty and wildness, and the beckoning of the unknown. Scenery aside, no matter who you are the story is one of an emotional journey one that some may recognize more than others and that all can understand and appreciate. Having said that I think the internal reflections and questions the film poses will make it resonates especially well with those who have experienced solo travel.


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