Alcan Highway

Synopsis: Alcan Highway is a film about a journey, a dream which seems to be coming true. But is it what Hese really wanted?
Director(s): Aleksi Salmenperä
  3 nominations.
75 min

- Hello.

- Hi.

Where are you?

' I'm on the bus.

- Are you going somewhere?

- No.

Where do you live now?

Here and there.

- How about the garage?

- There's some water damage.

- Is the Alaska thing still alive?

- Of course.

Do you think you can raise

enough money for it?

My idea of a motorhome

included a bike repair space, -

a studio, living

and sleeping quarters.

And a luxury bathroom

at the heart of it.

I tend to make

ultra optimistic schedules.

Perhaps it's my subconscious

way of ignoring reality.

I wouldn't start anything,

if I made realistic schedules.

I have a vague plan,

but it changes all the time.

It may produce nothing

or turn into something else, -

but that's what separates

the artist from an engineer.


One, two, three...

...nine... twelve.

- I can't drive! 55!

- This is a pretty good speed.

If I go any faster,

it starts shaking.

- Is this her cruising speed?

- Yeah.

- It's quite slow.

- Yeah.

We're probably doing

like 70... 60.

- Can you see that on the GPS?

- No.

It says 6O kilometers an hour.

61 km/h.

We've got a long way to go.


73... 74.

- 218 degrees.

- Hold on, that's not good.

Just keep her going.

And start listening to the motor.

Anything over 220 I worry.

What's the boiling point?

100 Celsius?

- It's around 227, isn't it?

- I don't know either.

I used to know.

I think it's 330 or 230.

Let's hit every garage sale.

Let's make our pact right now.

As blood brothers we're

gonna hit every car sale.

Every old truck

we're gonna stop, jerk off.

That's what

I'm gonna do anyway.

Put your foot down and let's

see how fast this thing can go.

We're doing good now.

It's not a f***ing private car.

I just wanna see

how fast it can go.


For f***'s sakes!

- There's smoke in.

- You've gotta pull over.

F***! Shut!

I wanna write a song about this.

It's called

"Hese Must Die."

- That's not fair.

- It's gonna be a catchy tune.

Because more people

commit suicide in your country.

I hope you're gonna

make a lot of money with that.

I'll make a lot of money

and I'll give you royalties.

- One percent.

- Thank you.

How long are you planning

to stay in Canada?

- Should I know that?

- No, but as my job to ask.

- Hese, here's a sandwich.

- Thanks. How's the ravioli?

Is it in there? It's been

in there for how long?

It's hot.

Here... it's hot.

They're pretty good.

- Sort of warm.

- Who could've guessed?

That's fine.

- Claire wants to get married.

- Yeah? Why don't you do it?

- We will.

- She's a good girl.

I've just been through it,

working, having nothing.

I see all my friends. When they

get married, they have nothing.

They seem to do alright,

but I can't imagine the stress.

There's a lot of things

I wanna do before marriage.

You want to bang a bunch

of hot Asians first.

I just want to be able

to get a piece of property.

All the things that happen

when you get married.

You can do that with her,

as a team you can get that.

Marry her as long as

you'll be able to get kids.

- She doesn't wanna have kids.

- She will when you're married.

You need a wife. Hese.

- A rich wife.

- Why not?

A wolf mother.

We haven't really had

any major issues with the truck.

I'm still pretty worried, though.

We have to be wormed all the time.

You never know what happens.

- I'm not so wormed about

the truck. - The schedule?

Yeah, more like the schedule.

I don't even really

care about that.

If we won't make it

to Vancouver, no big deal.

But I have to be able to

catch a flight.

In Prince George

or White Horse.

- We're gonna be in

White Horse today. - Hopefully.

If we make a decision

to continue -

and I don't catch a flight

and we get stopped -

in a place where I don't have

any cell-phone coverage, -

I won't be able to call my boss

and tell him that Fm stuck.

He'll expect me back to work

and I'm not gonna be there.

It's the first good job I've had

in my life. I actually like it.

I go to work every day

with a smile.

I haven't forgotten for a second

the whole time.

I'm really sorry it took

so long in Wasilla, -

but the last day fix-ups

were crucial for the trip.

We wouldn't be here

without that.

I think you should try and

enjoy what's going on here.

Yeah, I'm never gonna be

up here again.

If sh*t happens, it's bound

to happen. We can't avoid it.

Part of my chaotic way of life

is a counter reaction.

It can be overwhelming

to be too rational.

My clad was extremely good

at rationalizing and planning, -

doing things

to get them off the agenda.

He did the same

with saving for a house.

He bought one home and

started saving for the next one, -

a bigger one

as the family grew.

Three sons, one per year.

All according to plan.

Dad thought it was practical -

for the boys to be in the same

stage at the same time.

But the rationalization

was also destructive.

I struggled with the piano

for year after year.

Dad said we've played

the piano so long -

that we can't stop -

although we sucked

and made no progress.

We hated it

and wanted to stop.

Dad said we would understand

later why it's worth it.

"You've put in so many years

you can't stop now."

It must be hard for him

to understand us.

He probably thinks that

rock'n'roll is just a phase.

"They'll move on to

classical music later."

"Then they can play

Schubert in the evenings, '

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Aleksi Salmenperä

Aleksi Salmenperä (born 1973 in Helsinki) is a Finnish film director. He is a graduate of the University of Art and Design Helsinki; among his films are 2004's Producing Adults, 2007's A Man's Work and 2010 Bad Family. A Man's Work was entered into the 29th Moscow International Film Festival. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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