This weekend, I saw what may possibly be the best Canadian movie ever made. It made me so damn proud to be Canadian that I could hardly stand it. And I’m American.
The film is called “One Week” and it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September to rave reviews*. In an interview this week with CBC Radio3, the film’s writer and director Michael McGowan called it his “…love letter to the country” . I can’t think of a more apt description, really. You can listen to the March 3 podcast of the interview here.
The story is about a guy, played by Canadian Joshua Jackson (natch), who is drifting into a marriage and a life he’s not sure he wants. He is diagnosed with a terminal illness (cancer) and decides to take off on a road trip instead of seeking treatment. Fantastic Canadian bands like Stars, Wintersleep and Great Lake Swimmers make up the amazing soundtrack as the main character travels west from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. The scenery alone is reason enough to see the film — Canada truly is a beautiful land. The film is a quirky and soul searching trip jam-packed full of Canadian references to most Americans won’t get, including everything from rolling up the rim of a Tim Horton’s cup to the Terry Fox monument.
Interestingly, the narrator of the movie asked the viewer more than once “What would you do if you knew you only had one day, or one week, or one month?”. It got me thinking. What would I do? Would I crawl into the fetal position and weep? Likely. Would I tear off my clothes and run naked through the park screaming? Hmmm, maybe not. I don’t know what I’d do but I’m going to think on it this week and get back to you. I think it’s important that we think about these things and not ignore the possibilities life may lay in front of you. But enough with the heavy.
The question also led me to look back over my blog and what I found, my dear readers, scared me! I have over 20 entries that I’ve never published and the majority of them were rather large trips I’ve taken since I moved to Canada 21 months ago. The horror! A few examples:
- Trip to Montréal
- Trip to Quebéc City
- Trip to Vancouver
- Trip to Ottawa
- Trip to Machu Picchu and Lima, Peru
- Trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley
- Trip to Buffalo and the Erie Canal
- Trip to Hell and back (kid.ding)
- A private tour of the West Wing (I saw the Oval Office!)
- Meeting David Sedaris
- Shooting TV commercials with cool NBA stars
- Watching Rafael Nadal play front row at the Rogers Cup
- Going to the Masters Tournament and being 3 feet from Tiger (!)
- A myriad of other things about which I was too lazy to write
What I’ve been doing all this time, I don’t know. But I will not spare you having to wait for them much longer…look for these exciting entries very soon. I know you can’t hardly wait.
*well, from what I remember. I couldn’t get a ticket, so it must have been good.