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My Octopus Teacher

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South Africa

2020

1h 24m

Director Philippa Ehrlich, James Reed

Starring Craig Foster, Tom Foster

Genre Documentary

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This heartwarming documentary follows the unlikely interspecies friendship between filmmaker and diver Craig Foster and a wild octopus living in a South African kelp forest. After months of visiting her den and tracing her movements, he is finally allowed into her magical and mysterious world.

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Variety by Guy Lodge

My Octopus Teacher never loses our goodwill: If we wind up wishing it had a little less man and a little more beast, that only serves its cause.
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LarsenOnFilm by Josh Larsen

You’re guaranteed to come away with new respect for the octopus as a species and astonishment at the intimate connection Foster experiences.
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ABC News by Peter Travers

You’ll laugh and cry your eyes out as an emotionally bruised diver learns about life and loyalty from an eight-tentacled mollusk. This Oscar favorite and viral sensation is the year’s most unorthodox and unforgettable love story.
80

The Hollywood Reporter by Sheri Linden

My Octopus Teacher is not the first documentary to plunge us into the otherworldly flora and fauna of Earth's oceans . . . But it is the first to chronicle a single sea creature's story from such a personal, openhearted perspective, revealing not just emotional connections but animal behaviors previously unknown to scientists.

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