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ONE WEEK

(2008)
94 mins | Family & Family Relationships |
Provincial Ratings
NewfoundlandPG
Nova ScotiaPG
P.E.I.PG
New BrunswickPG
QuebecG
Ontario14A
ManitobaPG
SaskatchewanPG
AlbertaPG
British ColumbiaPG
Northwest TerritoriesPG
NunavutPG
YukonPG

Director: Michael McGowan

Writer(s): Michael McGowan

Star(s): Joshua Jackson, Liane Balaban, Campbell Scott

Synopsis:

Ben Tyler (Jackson) is a young guy with a comfortable life, a good job as an English teacher and a sensible fiancée, Samantha (Balaban). When his doctor unexpectedly tells him he has cancer and “maybe two years, maybe one week” to live, Ben’s only chance is to start treatment immediately. Instead, he decides to buy a motorcycle and head out west.

A classic road trip movie featuring lots of Canadian icons (like Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip), One Week follows Ben’s journey from Toronto to Tofino. Along the way, Ben makes new friends and re-evaluates his 
life, his job and his upcoming marriage. 
As his fiancée and family back home struggle to understand his decision, Ben rediscovers himself, reawakens his old passion for writing and ultimately learns to appreciate life.

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About the Director

Michael McGowan

Toronto-born McGowan made his film debut as a writer, director and producer with My Dog Vincent, and has gone on to direct Saint RalphOne Week, Score: A Hockey Musical and Still Mine, which was named by TIFF as one of Canada’s Top 10 films in 2012. His latest projects have been directing episodes of TV series Reign and Between.

ONE WEEK

Lesson Plans Available for this title:
  • English - 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Geography - 9, 12
  • Media - 9, 10, 11, 12

Screening Language Options:
  • English Language with French Subtitles

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