My Octopus Teacher (Movie Review)

My Octopus Teacher (Movie Review)

This new Netflix documentary was recommended to me by three completely separate sources last week.  Now I see why! It is beautiful, educational, heart-warming, and awe-inspiring. It is about a man who makes friends with an octopus in the kelp forest off the shore of South Africa, and how it transforms his perspective. Also, the photography at times is mind-blowing. I give it five stars.

I especially liked what he said about the rewards of returning to the same place in nature everyday, and how that makes you part of it. As much as I love discovering new vistas, this year I too have been learning the rewards of returning over and over again to the same location, and intimately really knowing a patch of earth.

If you loved this film as much as I did, you might also like a book reviewed in 2016 called the Soul of an Octopus. You can read my review of that book here.


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  1. John gregory 2 years ago

    Please do not tell. I had octopus for dinner.

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      Polly Castor 2 years ago

      I saw your photo! Watch this move and you may never again!

  2. Sue Krevitt 2 years ago

    My son’s fave animal! He will love this film and photos and review. Thanks!

    U R wonderful.

  3. Gillian Smith 2 years ago

    Thanks so much for this recommendation Polly. We watched in awe … and have recommended in turn.
    What a lesson in humility and interconnectedness.

  4. Dilys 1 year ago

    We watched this last night and absolutely loved it! What a wonderful thing to gain the trust of a wild creature and what beautiful photography!

    I also read Soul of an Octopus and have a greater respect for these wonderful creatures. Thanks for the book review and the film recommendation.

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