At one point or another everyone gets the desire to escape from the stresses of daily life. Filmmaker Suzanne Crocker and her family take this need to reconnect with what truly matters to a whole other level in All the Time in the World. Deciding to leave the conveniences of modern life behind, the family ventured into the Yukon Territory wilderness to live for nine months in a log cabin with no electricity, no running water, no road access, and without any clocks.
All the Time in the World is as much a revelation for the audience as it is for Crocker family. The thought of the family, which includes three young children ranging in age from four to ten, enduring the cold Yukon winter in an 18 x 18 log cabin seems crazy to the average viewer. However, instead of a harrowing tale of danger, though documentary does have its tense moments, Crocker succeeds in exposing how misguided our obsession with time and technology actually is. By stripping the concept of family down to its core, she is able to show the unwavering strength and adaptability of the family unit. All of this adds up to a surprisingly heartwarming film that offers plenty of food for thought.
Saturday, April 28, 12:30 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox
This review was originally posted as part of our 2015 Hot Docs coverage. All the Time in the World is screening at the festival again as part of the Redux program.