Echoing every parent’s lament about there never being enough quality time in the day to spend with the kids, Suzanne Crocker opted to take drastic action by packing up the whole kit and caboodle and relocating to the Canadian bush for nine Wi-Fi-free months.
But the first-time feature filmmaker did take along her camera, and the resulting documentary “All the Time in the World” makes a visually compelling case for living, at least temporarily, off the grid.
While few might mistake their normal Dawson City, Yukon existence as living life in the fast lane, Crocker, her husband and three kids were nevertheless feeling like valuable minutes were passing them by and looked to an 18-by-18-foot cabin as an “opportunity for a reprieve.”
Aside from the absence of electricity, clocks and watches weren’t allowed, forcing this new-wilderness family to live their daily lives according to the whim of the seasons.
Unsurprisingly, as the seemingly interminable winter ticks on, all that unencumbered novelty eventually gives way to the inevitable cabin fever.
Although their extreme staycation is obviously not everybody’s idea of a swell time, the bracingly gorgeous images and meditative serenity still offer a vicarious respite from all those urgent headlines and deadlines — no bear spray required.
“All the Time in the World.”
Running time: 1 hour, 27 minutes.
Playing: Laemmle Monica Film Center, Santa Monica.