Tomorrow being Canada Day, I have to put out a plug in for a wonderful independent Canadian film"One Week", directed and written Michael McGowan.
We watched it on the weekend and I have to say it was one of the best movies I’ve seen for a long time . I loved it for its simplicity and its “Canadianism”, not to mention the oh so handsome lead actor Joshua Jackson who plays the part of Ben Tyler, a young man diagnosed with terminal cancer. Faced with the knowledge that he has at best two years to live, Ben buys a vintage motorcycle, and against the wishes of his fiancée Samantha who wants him to start treatment right away, sets off on a week long quest to find some meaning to his life. With help from a great Canadian icon, he heads west.
On his way he meets several characters that force him to reassess his life choices, and rediscover things he had missed growing up. The scenery and music in this film is wonderful. Also featured is a guest appearance by a well known maritime singer Joel Plasket, who plays the part of a street busker.
While Joshua Jackson is fantastic for this film, the man acts with his eyes, it is Campbell Scott as the narrator who brings warmth, humor and those heart melting moments to the movie, like having a best friend.
The movie is about death, love, and living. What would you do if you had only one week to live? Don’t leave this gem sitting on the shelf.
Happy Canada Day!