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My Octopus Teacher on Netflix

Discussion in 'Scuba Diving TV & Movies' started by aviator8, Sep 9, 2020.

  1. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    Contrived? Sure. But I loved it nonetheless. I heartily endorse it.
  2. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: 13th floor of the Ivory Tower
    Contrived? Yes.
    Documentary? No, not really.
    Entertaining and worth watching? Hell yes.
  3. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Jersey
    I lived 5 minutes from his house for 30 years. I learned to dive in that water and cannot believe that he freedived without a wetsuit. I used a 7mm Farmer John. Also hard to believe that he walked barefoot on those rocks either, they are the epitome of most slippery objects known to man. Only way that we were able to exit any shore dive was on all fours.

    We used to play frisbee with the shy sharks. Look carefully - when scared, they roll up into a circle. They’re in the movie.

    I loved it at first then it became too much of a potential Cannes award movie and I got bored.
    uncfnp, couv, aviator8 and 1 other person like this.
  4. Soloist

    Soloist Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    Contrived is one thing, but overtly deceptive is another. Read the article @Fibonacci linked. It discloses Foster has been filming in the kelp forest for 10 years. It was 5 years ago when Foster first approached the director with the concept and initial footage. So the “illusion” of this film concentrating on a single octopus over the span of a year is just that.

    Does it really matter in the grand “scheme” of things? Absolutely not, but it is disingenuous and duplicitous. They are also making a quick buck in the process. However, I do have an issue with promoting the idea of bonding with a sea creature in its natural habitat. This messaging will encourage every tourist with a snorkel to fondle hapless sea life with reckless romantic abandon.

    Glad you enjoyed the film. Actually I am considering posting my own emotional journey here on ScubaBoard. Hopefully it will not result in too many death threats! :)
    kelemvor, Fibonacci, couv and 4 others like this.
  5. uncfnp

    uncfnp ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
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  7. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: 13th floor of the Ivory Tower
    Can I have some of that popcorn? I thinking about watching that movie again.
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  8. Snoweman

    Snoweman Great White

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Atlanta, GA
    There's an actor the filmmaker looks like. I can see the actor in my mind, but can't think of where I have seen him. Thoughts?
  9. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    I thought of Alec Baldwin right away.
  10. Saniflush

    Saniflush ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter


    Get them some of those octopuses with the pretty blue rings to fondle....That'll teach'em.

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