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NTSC/Region 1. When confronted with his mortality, twenty something Ben Tyler (Joshua Jackson) impulsively buys a vintage motorcycle and sets off on a road trip that starts in Toronto and ends up on Vancouver Island in the town of Tofino. Humorous, profound and extremely moving, One Week uses the great Canadian landscape as the backdrop to the story of a man and his life s journey. In the search for himself, he finds out what makes this country, and his life, so beautiful.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Michael McGowan
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Import, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 34 minutes
- Release date : June 16, 2009
- Actors : Joshua Jackson, Peter Spence, Marc Strange, Gage Munroe, Richard Waugh
- Dubbed: : French
- Producers : Avi Federgreen, Jane Tattersall, Joshua Jackson, Michael Chechik, Michael McGowan
- Studio : Imports
- ASIN : B001YMDCE4
- Writers : Michael McGowan
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #136,045 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Interestingly, a few people made note about the next scene which shows Ben’s fantasy reaction to this news. Some found this scene disturbing. I think it is a realistic immediate "come to mind" thought reaction to the news and what he faces.
On the way home, he meets a man who is selling his Norton motorcycle and, on impulse, Ben buys the motorcycle. He wants to take a two-day trip, and then return for treatment. At home, his fiancé (he is to be married in 3 months) objects to his waiting to begin treatment. But Ben begins to realize that he has lived a safe life, mostly based on the opinions of others. (Back to his fiancé: she loves Ben and, though she objects to a trip given his diagnosis, she does not give Ben more of a hard time than to be expected with the sudden news.
Ben wants answers. He starts out by looking for a Grumps which is a character from a story his father used to tell him. Finding a Grumps will bring good fortune. He also checks the Tim Horton’s coffee cup for his fortune. Ben is grasping at straws and it was a Tim Horton coffee cup that told him “go West.”
His trip takes him from Toronto to Vancouver Island. Along the way, he meets various people. The trip is not without some difficulties. His bike won’t start at one point, but a woman whose dog he found, helps him get the bike back to her farm where a minor fix gets him back on his way. Ben is trying things he has never done before to live the life he thinks he has missed out on.
At one point Ben decides it’s time to return but a chance encounter with two young men who are biking tells him that his trip should continue. He has centered his trip West around the visits to towns that boast of having the biggest hockey stick or fire hydrant and other tourist attractions.
As he nears the Pacific, Samantha flies out to see him. But he has stayed out all night to be with a woman he has just met. Samantha is less angry than expected to discover Ben has been with someone, mostly because she is truly more concerned about his returning for treatments than about his cheating. She loves Ben and his coming home is more important, for the present, than his cheating on her. It can wait -- the treatment cannot.
Ben makes it to Vancouver Island where his bike is mangled by a truck which ran it over in a parking lot. Ben is becoming symptomatic. With no bike, he decides to go surfing but instead of surfing he takes the board out as far as he can paddle. He believes he has seen his Grumps. Ben returns home where he and his fiancé agree to cancel the wedding, and Ben goes home to his parents and sister.
These encounters with strangers during the trip have helped Ben in his quest to make every day a lifetime. However, what is less obvious is how Ben’s “being” has brought good fortune to others. Since he did not start his treatment the first day, the medical professional with whom he had his appointment for a first treatment got to leave early that day. She took the earlier train home, missing a tragic derailment in which she would have been killed had she not been able to take the early train. The rancher who helps Ben fix his bike has not had much contact with her son in several years. Her conversations with Ben about her son and grandchild make her decide to see her son that next weekend where she meets the true love of her life.
My one disagreement with the story is about “settling.” Ben has spent his life settling for less – a job teaching uninspired students and is unfulfilling. His belief he could not sing, and giving up. He gave up his writing to teach. That is also implied in his relationship with Samantha. And here I think the character was written as unrealistic about love and marriage and what constitutes settling. No relationship stays the same all throughout. As Ben said he would have been content to sit in a diner with Samantha reading newspapers with her forever. That is not settling. There is the “grass is always greener” fallacy. However, for the purposes of the story, it is presented that Samantha truly loves Ben – more than he loved her.
Some have described the movie as "sad." After the obvious sadness over a man being given a grim diagnosis, I found this to be an uplifting movie about the courage to change. To leave off what is comfortable and safe. In the face of his adversity, he became the man he was meant to be all the time. A life well lived.
Credit must be given to the music and the Canadian scenery.
Last, the film is heavily narrated, though the film is also played out by the characters. The end reveals the narrator.
I would have given this movie more than 5 stars. It’s easy to miss the nuances of Ben’s personal journey without seeing it again.
I'm not from Canada, nor have I ever been there, but after watching this movie, I really hope to some day get to experience all the scenic beauty of it. I would even myself like to do it by motorcycle.
I read most of the critiques people had AGAINST this film, and I'm not sure any of them actually held the merit of the film accountable. So far, the majority of complaints have been about the fact that some American actors were used. If that type of thing bothers you, then you must not understand the actual concept of acting and probably should just quit watching movies altogether. Another complaint has been that their was too much narration. I personally found that the narration added a unique dimension of flat humor and brought a quality of storytelling that allowed me to help relate more to Joshua Jackson's portrayal of the main character.
As I stated in the beginning, the only real deficit to this film was the hipster/indie feel. They tried to sometimes fit in poorer quality handheld shots and rough transitions to give it a bit more of an edgy touch, but it wasn't necessary as it drew away, in my opinion, from the emotional experience.
In all, I would keep this on my shelf next to other selections, like "The Lucky Ones", "Into The Wild" and "The Motorcycle Diaries"... I liked that much!
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The story is essentially about a young man on hearing he has a terminal case of cancer decides to have an adventure riding East to West across Canada. He comes to realise he is in a rut living a very secure, over insured life. What he decides is to live in the present. To say more is to spoil this movie, it is about the journey both on the road and his mind. The characters are portrayed as real fully rounded people all with their faults and heaps of humanity.
For me this little known film is a masterpiece but that might just be about where I am right now, that said if you can visit that place and learn from it without a terminal illness that has got to be good! It may change your life! Go have that adventure!
It's a great film for those who prefer good stories and well-written characters over action and computer graphics. Joshua Jackson brings his A game to a film that is perfect for his better-class of character acting.
One Week is partly an exploration of one character's attempt to deal with cancer, and partly an exploration of the beautiful country of Canada, as he travels from one side of the country to the other on a second hand motorbike. Perfect if you enjoy armchair traveling.
DVD Extras are few, but provide a nice insight into the work that went on behind the film.
Overall I would rate it as one of those rare films that comes along that is worth paying full price for (because, annoyingly, you can't get it in the UK)
Mein Fazit: Für Motorradfahrer besser nicht - schade eigentlich, denn aus der Story häte man etwas machen können.