A week or so ago, CBC television aired the Canadian movie, One Week. I had heard good things about it, so I wanted to see it. I also mentioned it to a number of friends who also had a opportunity to see it.
What a fantastic movie!. The main character in the movie, Ben Tyler, is diagnosed with a terminal illness and decides to go on a road trip from Toronto to British Columbia to think things through. Although this sounds depressing, the trip is a homage to the beauty and quirkiness of the Canadian landscape as well as a look into the human spirit. Also, the sound track has some great songs. (Sunparlour Players are from Essex County, my home area).
Here are some reviews:
"One Week is unabashedly, unapologetically and proudly Canadian from Leafs references to Sudbury's giant nickel but for once, that's a great thing! "
Barrett Hooper, NOW MAGAZINE
"***** "If you see only one movie this year ... make it One Week.""
-Kathleen Bell, SEE MAGAZINE
"It's a very Canadian adventure, showcasing this country¿ beautiful landscape and stopping at every bizarre world's biggest monument along the way. Like any good road trip, the soundtrack is amazing, filled with atmospheric indie rock provided by Stars, Great Lake Swimmers, Sunparlour Players and the like! "
Erin Oke, EXCLAIM
"A unique and memorable Canadian feature film. Rarely does a film like this come along that moves me to tears, inspires me to use the time that I have left and has left me in utter awe of a filmmaker that is bound to have a long and lasting future creating films. Rare even more is the fact that One Week is the best example of Canadian cinema, one that transcends the usual cliche associated with films from up North! "
Jason Whyte, EFILMCRITIC.COM
One thing I did wonder about about how the locations for some of the scenes were chosen.
Joshua Jackson won Best Actor at the 2010 Genie Awards for his portrayal of Ben Tyler. Liane Balaban who plays his fiancee was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
The 2011 edition of the Gemini Awards for excellence in Canadian television airs tonight on CBC television. If you haven't already added to your television series collections shows such as Being Erica and the Murdoch Mysteries, they are a must!