Review in Brief: My Octopus Teacher (2020)

Nature documentary makers are told never to interfere with the natural order of things, to be neutral observers only. MY OCTOPUS TEACHER is the magical story of a man with a camera forming an unlikely and unbreakable bond with another living creature. We follow Craig Foster’s developing relationship with a female octopus over a year, documenting the trials of being such a creature trying to survive in a South African kelp forest, hunting and being hunted. Memorable and moving sights captured by the pristine underwater photography include the first hesitant hand-to-tentacle contact, the octopus’ daring escape from a hungry shark by riding it and their bittersweet farewell. This is a moving and personal take on the natural world and how we interact with it. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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