In a period of depression, Craig Foster returned to the kelp forest of his youth. He developed a friendly relationship with a local octopus, and recorded all of their interactions. Over the course of a year, he learned much from the intelligent, nearly liquid cephalopod.
My Octopus Teacher (2020) is not as horny as the internet might lead you to believe, but let me tell you, their relationship is special. It’s not romance, but it’s not nothing. It’s fascinating to learn about the octopus, and also really touching just to see a bond between a man and such a strange animal.
This film makes me think of Jean Painlevé’s credo “science is fiction,” the idea that more than just scientific research, nature is full of stories. We project human traits onto animals because we have an instinct to relate to them. It’s a cool nature documentary that blends a human relationship.