The Mekong Delta in Vietnam is home to a long-standing tradition of otter keeping, but with the arrival of war, the practice began to fade away. Bao, a farmer who lived in the delta, was witness to this disappearance and felt its effects keenly. But then one day something remarkable happened – an old man brought a young otter caught in a trap and gave her a home in Bao’s village. This otter was christened Loutra and soon became a beloved part of Bao’s family.
In his documentary “Loutra”, director Frédéric Fougea follows this unlikely pair and their journey together. Viewers are invited to explore the beauty of nature that can be found even amidst war-torn conflict, as well as discover the lasting bonds that form between humans and animals. We meet local animal healers who believe that healing comes from within. As Bao continues his daily life amidst gunfire, he finds solace in his relationship with Loutra, forging an unbreakable connection between them both.
“Loutra” is not just a story about friendship but also about resilience in times of hardship – how humans can find strength through relationships with our fellow creatures despite difficult circumstances. It is sure to leave viewers feeling uplifted and inspired by the power of love which transcends species boundaries. So if you’re looking for something beautiful yet thought-provoking, give “Loutra” a watch!