An unusual bond between a man and an eight-armed female cephalopod is stunningly captured in this crow-pleasing documentary from an ecology journalist and a nature documentary producer.
My Octopus Teacher warmly delineates interaction where perceptions change in a narrative smartly coalesced by helming partners Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed.
This wholesome entertainment is set around the southern tip of South Africa, the kelp forest of the Cape of Storms. Soothing voice-over is provided by producer and conservationist Craig Foster who eschews a wet-suit and scuba gear in embracing his amphibious side. During a point of burn out in his life where things haven’t been the best with teen son Tom.
Dealing with predatory foe like sharks, these creatures maneuver around the underwater flora gorgeously rendered by lensing pro Roger Horrocks. Defense mechanisms and playfulness is a part of what evolves here covering some twelve to eighteen months as this intelligent species Phylum Mollusca has a short life span of one to three years. Their ken efficiency in their habitat is revealed when it comes to mating and bountiful food sources.
What is filled with action, drama and wonder grows from gathering bearings or sea legs, if you will. The detail of deliberate regular encounters has a sublime feel that most certainly would be just as engaging upon further viewings.
To not feel like a visitor is one of the salient points of what generates more poignancy than is expected. Especially from behaviors of solitary creatures who van assuage curiosity, solve problems, and enjoy a friendship which is an elixir for the needy diver in Foster. The humanizing factor makes al the difference in this Teacher with its time, love and tenderness amidst injury.