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My Octopus Teacher

This documentary follows a year in the life of Craig Foster. Having run against some difficult times, he takes to the snorkeling in the kelp beds of South Africa and befriends an octopus. Through the course of the year, Foster puts together a beautiful collage of life in the kelp beds while researching the life of the octopus. It felt a bit strange sometimes, as it seemed sometimes that the attachment was a bit closer than it should have been, almost romantic, but what stands out is the depiction of the cycle of life Foster captures with his lens. The film is a testament to the patience and consistency required to really understand something and to present it back to the viewers in a way that is beautiful, raw, emotional, and understandable at a gut level. I really enjoyed this film, more than I thought I would. (2020; 4 Stars).

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