My Octopus Teacher (2020)
September 13, 2020 12:11 PM - Subscribe

A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.
posted by PenDevil (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I watched this tonight because of your post here, and I loved it. It was filmed beautifully, and the underwater sounds were so clear. I'm thinking specifically of the sound of her suckers on his fingers when he gently extracts his hand so he can surface. And the sound of rocks and shells falling against each other.

It was more stressful than I expected, and I watched about five full minutes of it literally from between my fingers. I don't know that there was any larger statement intended or made, but it was magical watching Foster's relationship with her evolve.
posted by gladly at 8:27 PM on September 13 [3 favorites]

ok, this is kinda silly, but; I want to watch this, but a lot of these befriending-an-animal stories end with the animal dying, and I'm as bummed out by the world already as it is. Is the octopus ok at the end? do the stressful 5 minutes at least end well?
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 11:31 PM on September 13 [1 favorite]

Okay, look away if you don’t want to know!

So, octopus only live 1-2 years. The five stressful minutes end okay, but the doc does end like Charlotte’s Web.
posted by gladly at 4:37 AM on September 14 [3 favorites]

I thought this was really beautiful. Definitely worth watching.
posted by mrjohnmuller at 3:52 PM on September 14 [2 favorites]

We were deciding on a family movie to watch last night and were intrigued by the trailer for this but ultimately ended up watching the WWE magic wrestling mask movie (it wasn't terrible). I'll put in a good word for this if we get the chance to watch a movie next weekend.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 4:59 PM on September 14

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