An ailing surgeon and a young writer are thrown together on a memorable journey across Canada in this touching road movie directed by former Beverley Hills 90210 star Jason Priestley. Richard Dreyfuss is Cas Pepper, a Winnipeg surgeon who ditches his job after receiving some very bad news. His plan is to strike out west alone, but after crossing paths with Dylan Morgan – a free-wheeling, chain-smoking kleptomaniac – he finds himself fleeing the scene of a crime in a stolen VW Beetle with Dylan resolutely in tow and, despite his best attempts, he just can’t seem to shake her off. But as the pair wind their way through a series of twists and turns, they find themselves forced to reveal the real reasons for their flight.

Like the best road movies, Priestley’s directorial debut is a moving film about life and what to do with your share, bolstered by a wise and funny script from Jessie Gabe. Tatiana Maslany is perfect as the irrepressible Dylan, while Dreyfuss revels in his best role in years as the straitlaced doctor slowly unbuttoned by his companion’s sense of fun.

Alistair Daniel

Winner, Audience Award & Best Actress, Whistler Film Festival