‘Truffle Hunters’ an uplifting film about men and dogs


Opening Friday at the Embarcadero, “The Truffle Hunters” follows a few elderly Italian villagers who, assisted by their indispensable dogs, unearth blobs of valuable edible fungi from beneath the mossy forest floor in the middle of the night. This livelihood brings them little money but creates a sense of fulfillment and dignity. These feelings resonate with eccentric loveliness throughout this serio-whimsical documentary.

Directors Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, collaborators on “The Last Race,” transport us to northern Italy’s Piedmont forests, the only place where the white Alba truffle, which can’t be cultivated, grows.

‘Truffle Hunters’ an uplifting film about men and dogs

From left, Imogen Poots, Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins are excellent in “The Father.” (Courtesy Sean Gleason/Sony Pictures Classics)

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