My Octopus Teacher

Movie • 2020 • Documentary  

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After years of swimming every day in the freezing ocean at the tip of Africa, Craig Foster meets an unlikely teacher: a young octopus who displays remarkable curiosity. Visiting her den and tracking her movements for months on end he eventually wins the animal’s trust and they develop a never-before-seen bond between human and wild animal.
This movie contains 6 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Were animals harmed in the making?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is a minor sexualized?
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annag42
"Tracking" an animal is not quite the same thing as stalking, but there are some similarities that could be difficult for someone if that viewer is especially sensitive to such topics.
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Is there domestic violence?
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Addiction
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Is there addiction?
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annag42
The perspective character (narrator, filmmaker) does develop a daily habit of underwater diving, that his body becomes acclimated to. It is depicted as a positive, wholesome ongoing-choice to participate in and show up at a place rather than as a harmful substance-dependence cycle, but it is definitely depicted as a habit he comes to depend on nonetheless.
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
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laura9283479
It's an amazing documentary, but be prepared: the octopus gets eaten by a shark at the end. Octopuses die shortly after their eggs hatch. In this film, the octopus comes out of her den shortly after her eggs hatch and waits around for some other animal to eat her. By the time this happens in the documentary, you've become really attached to her, and it's heartbreaking. Still, it's worth watching. Her interaction with the filmmaker is really moving. There's scenes where she enthusiastically swims up to him, and he holds her against his chest and pets her while they cuddle. She is so curious and human like in all the best ways. But be prepared!

Also, there's a scene where a shark rips off one of her arms and she suffers for a week. It's really hard to watch.

In another scene, she chases down a crab and you see the crab panicking, swimming hard to get away, only to get eaten. The same for a lobster. It's not fun to watch these parts.
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Are animals abused?
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Eleonoraf
the octopus dies
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Does a pet die?
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Arthur_the_bee
Spoiler: in the end an animal dies after a human forms a very close emotional bond with her. She wasn’t a pet but she was very important to him
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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There are no bugs, but there are close-ups of antennae on lobsters and crabs, and footage of them scuttling along.
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Bodily Harm
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Kaleigh
The struggle to breathe isn't shown, but the filmmaker notes several times where he is desperate to go up for air after being underwater for too long. There are shots of him gasping as he breaks the surface.
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is there amputation?
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The octopus loses an arm after being attacked by a pajama shark - though she eventually grows it back
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Is there a hanging?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Tentacle
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Children
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annag42
Octopuses die shortly after or around the time their eggs hatch.
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Does someone have cancer?
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Arthur_the_bee
The underwater kelp forest gets very thick and could feel claustrophobic
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Arthur_the_bee
The light underwater gives a flickering effect sometimes
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Pregnancy
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annag42
There are octopus eggs.
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Does the black guy die first?
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Are there n-words?
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not explicitly, but octopuses do reproduce via sexual means
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Spoiler
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Depends - the story & the meaning aren't sad but beautiful, however the inevitable death of the octopus hits hard
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Is there blood/gore?
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JenniMcGinnis
The octopus has its arm ripped off by a shark.
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Is there gun violence?
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