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I have a selection of “zen films” that put me in a relaxed state-of-mind when I need it most. They serve slightly different purposes depending the circumstances of my stress, but the all are peaceful, introspective films.

Movies my past time and my career. I’ll stop short of saying they’re my life since that’s really kind of pathetic. However, they do play an important part in how I spend my time. A couple of years ago, I really needed these films. As things became better in my life, they’ve been collecting dust. Over the last year – when I moved my worklife downtown and away from the import DVDs of First Markham Place – I’ve been watching a lot fewer melancholy Asian dramas.

As a result, I haven’t added any such movies to my collection for a while. I wasn’t sure if I should add “One Week” just because my opinions as skewed, having authored the Blu-ray. I wasn’t sure if it was just that my pride was taking over an emotional decision. However, after watching the film with Simone I had to agree that it is a peaceful film filled with some of the most beautiful Canadian scenery.

While it warms you with visuals it also gives you some light psychiatry. I didn’t feel that I had a lot in common with Ben, but a well written story doesn’t need you to relate to the protagonist. The fact that he was overwhelmed with the information in his life, and that he removes himself physically from it all is something I was able to connect with.

Again, something I haven’t had to do  for a while is “just drive north”. When living in Toronto becomes just a bit too much, then I remove myself physically from the city and “reboot”. When I don’t have the time or resources to do that for a few hours… well… I put in a movie like One Week.

One Week won’t give you purpose in your life, but it is a good film to balance your mind. On a superficial level, the scenery and excessive (but very good) Canadian Indie rock lulls you into a state of complacency. The larger message doesn’t hit you like a ton of bricks. You’re ready to reach a zen state on that surfboard along with Ben.

A bit of an annoyingly excestential analysis of the movie, I admit. However, that’s what makes this movie so likeable. It’s a solid message, without being heavy-handed.

I suggest picking it up. If you get the Blu-ray, I’ll even autograph it.