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#81 - Top 100 Canadian Films

In the lead up to the 7th Canadian Film Festival in Australia (August 2012), join us as we countdown the Top 100 Canadian Films of the past 30 years. We'll be posting one film a day leading up to Canada Day on July 1st 2012. Do you agree with our staff favourites? Let us know your thoughts!

#81 - One Week


One Week opens as Ben Tyler, played by Joshua Jackson, finds out he has terminal cancer, that heneeds immediate treatment, and has possibly less than two years to live.

This shocking revelation for the young schoolteacher drives him to buy a motorcycle and begin a road trip across Canada, much to the dismay of his family and fiancée, who want him to enter into treatment as soon as possible. 

As the film unfolds across gorgeous landscapes from Toronto to Vancouver, Ben, with the help of the strangers he encounters along the way, re-evaluates his life choices, his relationships, and his achievements, past and future.

Not nearly as depressing or twee as it might sound, it is an exploration of life and how we decide what is important to us, as well as a love song to Canada’s landscape and music; not only is the strong soundtrack packed with Canadian talent, there are also a few cameos by musicians in the film too.

The strength of the film comes predominately from Joshua Jackson’s (for me, unexpectedly) excellent performance and it was recognised as such when he was presented with the Best Actor Award at the 2010 Genie Awards.  Jackson finally manages to shake off the typecasting of many of his previous roles; though there are still some adorable in-jokes…I’ll leave you to pick them out for yourselves.

Watch One Week if you are after a bit of life affirmation or are about to travel to Canada.

-Karina Libbey

One Week had its Australian premiere as the opening night film of the 4th Possible Worlds Film Festival in 2009.

"Despite its morbid plot underpinnings, One Week is less depressing than the average Canadian movie. Maybe it's because you can never feel more alive than when you see this country in all its glory." (Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies)

To see the other films in the countdown so far, click here.

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