Set between late 1992 and early 1993, L for Leisure chronicles a group of graduate students whilst they vacate around the world.
Posed as an ‘awkward comedy’ – it is not that funny. But mainly conversations between students about their impressive yet different professions. Instead of the comedic value, L for Leisure revokes 90’s nostalgia. Particularly from the 16mm ratio, low-fi cinematography, contemporary music and retro culture. For instance, conversations about Marky Mark… Now we all like Marky Mark right? But don’t let that draw you in - It is certainly no Spring Breakers (or anything close).
L for Leisure awkwardly juxtapositions itself with the relationship between professional life and leisure. But it doesn’t flow on screen and creates awful cinematic value. So much so, that the production value feels cheap and amateur homemade. That, combined with the ‘unknown actors’ – probably just friends of the film-makers – makes it feel like a high-school project.
Directed by Whitney Horn and Lev Kalman, the film was originally kick-started. L for Leisure attempts to be cinematic, yet instead feels like a mixture of documentary, music video, come attempted comedy. But beneath it is merely just a reminder of the 1990’s vibe.