Bloor Cinema Release: All the Time in the World
By John Corrado
★★★½ (out of 4)
I saw a lot of good films at Hot Docs, but few have stuck with me the same way as All the Time in the World, the engaging and unexpectedly touching story of a family making a difference by choosing to live more simply. The film opens at the Bloor Cinema this weekend, tickets and showtimes can be found right here.
Feeling overwhelmed with the increasing pace of their lives, Suzanne Crocker and her husband Gerard Parsons took time off from work, and brought their three young kids and two pets to live in a wood cabin in the remote wilderness of Canada’s Yukon Territory for nine months.
Adopting vegetarian diets and going completely off the grid, and homeschooling their kids through the abundance of books they bring along, their plan is to live off the land without relying on any technology or clocks. By not focusing on artificial methods of tracking time, they allow their bodies to naturally adapt to the changing seasons and rhythms of the sun, practically becoming hibernational during the long and dark winter months.
Directed by Suzanne Crocker, and filmed only with the help of her family, All the Time in the World is a pretty remarkable achievement. The film not only captures the breathtaking beauty of the natural landscape through some striking cinematography, especially during the gorgeous winter scenes, but also the surprising and resounding success of their social experiment. We enjoy spending time with this family, and the images of them reconnecting are incredibly heartwarming. Their hilarious approach to Halloween provides one of the most memorable sequences, as do the charming Christmas scenes.
Touching on our collective over reliance on technology, and sharing a unique environmental message, All the Time in the World is about as warm and wise as documentaries get, a feel good film that also has important things to say. Beautifully filmed and completely endearing, this is an inspiring look at voluntary simplicity and how it brings a family closer together, that will leave you wanting to take time off and live in the wilderness for a few months. I simply adored this film.