My Octopus Teacher (2020)

“A lot of people say an octopus is like an alien. But the strange thing is, as you get closer to them, you realize that we’re very similar in a lot of ways. ” – Craig Foster

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A documentary film maker trying to deal with a life crisis, meets a small octopus while scuba diving and forms an unlikely friendship over the course of months.

My Take on it – Such a unique and fascinating idea that works quite well.

The idea that a documentary film like this would come out of a chance encounter underwater is mind baffling and helps keep things quite engaging throughout.

The film is obviously accompanied by full narration throughout since that is the only way to truly convey the friendship and experience of everything that transpires here.

The way that this encounter between man and creature is able to effect both the life of the film maker and of the octopus is shown in a very profound way.

The cinematography is superb and we get to clearly view everything going on underwater throughout.

they take extreme care to try and avoid affecting nature’s course throughout the filming of this movie and it’s so easy to see along the way.

This film was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary feature.

The fact that one can learn so much by watching the natural way of things underwater is amazing to watch despite parts of the story feeling a bit too scripted.

[Update – 26th April, 2021} – This film was able to win the Oscar for Best Documentary.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Shooting this documentary took place right in Foster’s backyard of False Bay, along the Cape Town coastline in South Africa. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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