L For Leisure

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Set to the rhythm of the school-year calendar, L FOR LEISURE tracks the changes to the collected spirit of a group of graduate students through 1992-93 as they go on various vacations. Sprinkled among activities like coed wrestling, macking on teenagers, and naps, are soliloquies on the heavy and heady topics of the day. With a low-fi 16mm style that recalls 90s television, home videos and underground comic books, L FOR LEISURE is a unique piece of deeply independent filmmaking, reveling in excesses of both lush beauty and awkward humor.


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As someone who suffered through more poststructuralist theory in college than he would have liked, I had good fun watching this shaggy-dog comedy, though the arcane subject matter makes it an acquired taste.

May 22, 2015 | Full Review…

The performances are stiff and amateurish, and exchanges of dialogue have the structure of jokes but don't quite pay off (unless mere mentions of Snapple and Marky Mark count).

May 14, 2015 | Full Review…

At certain point, whether all of this is purposefully awkward becomes almost irrelevant: The non sequitur vignettes are often hilarious either way, and the film gains an oddly agreeable rhythm ...

May 14, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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What makes L for Leisure more than just a collection of clever, well-photographed jokes is the utter sincerity embedded within the constant sarcasm.

May 14, 2015 | Full Review…

The directors Lev Kalman and Whit Horn turn the bleary languor of graduate students slacking off into a substantial but meandering spectacle.

May 14, 2015 | Full Review…

While the film's atmosphere is lax and unhurried, thematic through lines coalesce as it moves along.

Dec 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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