One Week (2008)




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"One Week" explores the motorcycle odyssey of a young man on an idiosyncratic quest for the meaning of life.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Michael McGowan
On DVD: Jun 16, 2009
IFC Films


as Ben Tyler

as Samantha Pierce

as Mary Tyler

as Tracey

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Critic Reviews for One Week

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Subsumed in Canada's vast landscape, Ben finds ephemeral distraction and occasional edification, but not much in the way of great epiphanies.

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Kinda aimless, pleasant and bland.

Full Review… | September 15, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A philosophical road move with a serious hard-on for all things Canada, the feature is a patchy but satisfying ride to self-actualization.

Full Review… | March 27, 2011

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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
Jam! Movies

Another dispiriting example of a director using sickness and physical deterioration in rationalising dishonest and narcissistic behaviour.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Screen International

Audience Reviews for One Week

'One Week' poses a simple question: "What would you do if you had just one week to live?"
When the main character in this movie finds out that he has been diagnosed with cancer he goes through the typical stages of depression and finally embarks on a mission to find out what's important to him in life. This movie tackles the idea of the typical individuals situation; the idea that many of us fail to really capture and go after what is important in life and rather we 'settle' and live lives of repetitiveness and routine. Sometimes it takes tragedy or sometimes it's just too late when we finally figure out what we truly want out of life.
For an independent film, I thought this movie was absolute amazing; its plot, visuals, actors, and even the questions posed are all fairly basic yet it reaches out and touches emotional hot-spots that many movies fail to do.
I would recommend this to basically anyone! More particularly anyone who likes those motivational moments where you suddenly feel alive and start questioning what you want to do with your life, what your missing, and perhaps the biggest enlightenment who and what is most important to you.
And it can all be brought on through one simple question tackled by 'Ben Tyler'.
"What would you do, if you just had One Week to live?"

Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer

Filmic consideration on the ever popular musing "if you only had one week to live, what would you do?" (A popular variant I hear alla time: "what if you won the lottery?") Herein our hero travels west through Oh Canada via Norton Commando, an opportunity for mucho scenery and examination of life choices. Acoustic guitar heavy alt music and nice voice-over work by Campbell Scott complete this innocuous pause to think about what really matters.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


One Week tells the story of a man named Ben who discovers that he has Stage 4 Cancer. This soon affects his life, family, and fiance. To escape his sadness, he goes trek to Western Canada on a motorcycle to spend his final weeks, days, or months.

I stumbled across this film on Netflix under the "Romance" section which I think is misleading. There is a romantic relationship in the film but thats not the whole thing. The cover also looked like an entirely different film. The poster on the left of this review is more accurate. This is a very good and underrated film. Its a simple film with an easy plot to follow and it does not get all over the place.

Little-known actor, Joshua Jackson, does a great job as the lead role and knows how to carry the scenes where only he is visible well. The rest of the cast is terrific. The narrator was great and funny as well. Because of its simplicity, this gets a 90% but for a 100% it'll need to get rid of one thing: the narrator. He was necessary at some points and at others, he was not. Some scenes were told in music and pictures like a Kubrick film and it should have been like that.

Is it dramatic? Yes. It did warm my heart at the end.

One Week is a simple and very good indie Canadian drama. Simplicity is one signal of a good film in my opinion. I'm suggesting this film to Simon M., The Creep, Brantastic16, Wisenheimer, and anyone who want to see this great drama.

"I'm just searching for moments."

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Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

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