'Outside' at the Toronto Film Festival

The most promising films screened at this year's Toronto Film Festival featured adventure seekers and adventure survivors. We reviewed six of them.

The festival is headquartered at TIFF Bell Lightbox.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Toronto Film Festival has come and gone, and I was on the scene to check out the fest’s most promising offerings. The standout films turned out to be profiles of adventure seekers—as well as adventure survivors. In Storm Surfers 3-D, pro surfers Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones bounce around Australia in search of death-defying swells. Kon-Tiki revisits Thor Heyerdahl’s gutsy journey across the Pacific in nothing but a wooden raft. The Deep recreates the miraculous tale of a shipwreck survivor in Iceland. I also enjoyed the forays into the world of organized sports (9.79* and Venus & Serena) and a beautifully shot documentary about disappearing bees (More Than Honey). Here’s the full lowdown on all six films.

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