Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story (2024)

Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story (2024)

G

A mesmerizing Pixar-like film about pure, utter friendship

The Very Best

8.5

Movie

United Kingdom, United States of America
English
Documentary
2024
CHARLIE HAMILTON JAMES
Billy Mail, Susan Mail
77 min

TLDR

I’m convinced someone wanted to make “a love story like no otter” a literal tagline.

What it's about

An otter ends up on the shore by an old couple’s house, and gives them a renewed sense of responsibility and joy.

The take

Nat Geo is still the champion of pristine nature documentaries: the skies, the seas, the snow, and the coloring everywhere is divine. But the serene seaside in Scotland, combined with the reflective, poetic musings about love from Billy and Susan isn’t just cutesy light viewing. I’m confident it can heal an exhausted person. This documentary is a mesmerizing meditation on love and connection, on the things that unite people and other creatures. It might feel like a chunky 77 minutes, especially in the latter half given the pace it goes by, but it’s a warm experience that you instantly know you’ll want to revisit.

What stands out

The narration is beautiful to listen to, beautiful to think about.

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