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All the Time in the World is timely and inspiring

All the Time in the World Where: Vic Theatre When: Today, 11:30 a.m.
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Kate, 8, uses a brace drill in a scene from All the Time in the World, Suzanne Crocker’s documentary about living off the grid in the Yukon wilderness.

All the Time in the World

Where: Vic Theatre

When: Today, 11:30 a.m.

Rating: 5/5 stars


Yes, director Suzanne Crocker’s documentary chronicling her family’s experiences when they went “off the grid” in 2010 in the Yukon wilderness for nine months is as fascinating and inspiring as it sounds.

With an increase in alarming news reports about the downside of social media and how our reliance on technology is disconnecting us from reality, this beautifully photographed flashback to the Dawson City mom’s “simple life” with her husband Gerard, their three children, two cats and a dog, is also timely.

Although Crocker admits she feared they would “drive each other crazy,” there was rarely a dull moment. The same can be said of her film, which engagingly illustrates how the resourceful family’s activities, such as baking bread, making up games, puzzles and stories, going skating and reading books aloud, brought them closer together as they became “present in the moment” without the clock.

Their chronicle is as wholesome (and occasionally suspenseful) as the liberating wilderness adventures Crocker filmed with her husband and their children, whose priceless candid commentary adds humour to its stunning northern vistas, sunsets and other natural wonders.

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