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 10 months ago

    Please do not tell. I had octopus for dinner.

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      Polly Castor 10 months ago

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

  2. Sue Krevitt 10 months ago

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

    U R wonderful.

  3. Gillian Smith 10 months 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 3 months 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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