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The other kinds of payments are hard to put into words. Things like being in contact with the wide open beauty of the land, or surfing, or enjoying the company of others.
It is a complex film that captures the feeling of settling for second best, of believing what people tell you about yourself, and then discovering they were wrong.
As a Canadian I identified strongly with Ben's journey. He has a romantic core, wants to instill some passion in his bored students -- but fails; he is unassuming and undemanding and states that if he could read the paper and drink coffee with his fiancee at their favorite coffee shop for the rest of his life, that would be enough; and Ben's journey is realistic -- the most danger he encounters is getting drowsy and skidding out of control on a squashed skunk. He wakes in the ditch with nothing broken and tries to dance and celebrate, but that is not his style. He is uncomfortable with too much outward exuberance. The real story is going on inside.
Ben is perhaps not a typical Canadian, but he is "my" kind of Canadian, and so I was cheering for him - quietly, in my head, while I sipped tea and though of having a Tim Horton's donut.Read more ›
Simply put, it is a film about a man who travels across his country after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Like other good travel films, we see a sampling of the beautiful country that Canada has to offer, we encounter every-day personalities of people along the way and we learn a few lessons about ourselves and what life might be about. The difference here is that we get a insightful narration by Campbell Scott (most recognized of late with his role in Phoebe in Wonderland), which in itself provided some nice laugh-out-loud moments.
I laughed at unexpected moments, saw some incredible Canadian scenery, and did not feel anything was contrived or cardboard (as most complainants have stipulated). The special features give this four-star film a five. The low-def "Making-of" contained just the right amount of logistical material on production, the commentary and interviews provide plenty of information for the followers and the remaining HD gallery, after party and trailer add just the right amount of extras to show the fun side of this film.
The Blu quality is slightly better than the DVD, but there is still plenty of grain and and (very minute) random artifact. The grandiose panoramas could have been a bit clearer, the DTS was never fully utilized, even with the plethora of songs, but the presentation was still adequate. Not a reference Blu, but the film and special features make this a higher rating.
I found it well-written, with very little cruft, and without being overly dramatic. There is some great, understated humor - altogether, it strikes me as a very Canadian film :)
Joshua Jackson plays a young teacher who is diagnosed with a Stage 4 cancer. With such a bleak prognosis, Jackson wants to reconnect with life before assuming the role of a patient. Leaving his family and fiancee, Jackson embarks on a motorcycle adventure across Canada. Along the way, as you might expect, Jackson learns how to live again--to embrace the side of him which had been relegated to the past in pursuit of adult responsibilities. The trip is filled with colorful and wise locals, ridiculous tourist traps, and mildly amusing scenarios that all help to identify what Jackson holds precious. As if that weren't enough, the Scott narrative observes the action and provides either a gently humorous punchline or an example of how a brief occurrence has lifelong repercussions. I love Scott--but it is in this voice-over that "One Week" becomes slightly strained and contrived.
The film is, also, a lovely tribute to the Canadian landscape.Read more ›
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I have watched this 3 times. Just love the introspective journey and the scenery is gorgeous.Published 8 days ago by ZukiGyrl
Good independent film, so sad at the end when the Norton died, I was so emotional.Published 3 months ago by J. Jones
This is a fine small film, telling a good story. Watch for all the little synchronistic things that set the main character on his journey, and help him along. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tom Childers