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

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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