One Week

Director: Michael McGowan Year: 2008 Run Time: 94min
One Week (Sept jours) (2008)

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.

Staff Pick:

"Taking a roadtrip across Canada is something every Canadian should do in their lives. Featuring an ironic cameo from Gord Downie, One Week is a must see." —Stephanie


Michael McGowan


Michael McGowan


Nicholas de Pencier, Jane Tattersall, Michael McGowan


Joshua Jackson, Liane Balaban, Campbell Scott, Fiona Reid




English, Dubbed in French

Closed Captioning:

Dubbed in French


One Week is filmed and set in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. Michael McGowan is from Ontario.

Ratings by Province:

PG Alberta
PG British Columbia
PG Manitoba
PG New Brunswick
PG Newfoundland and Labrador
PG Nova Scotia
PG Northwest Territories
PG Nunavut
14A Ontario
PG Prince Edward Island
G Québec
PG Saskatchewan
PG Yukon