The Truffle Hunters: Review

Piedmont, Italy is the source for some of the rarest and most expensive truffles in the world. However, the elusive white Alba truffle is something that all the most seasoned truffle hunters are dying to find.

The Truffle Hunters is a documentary that follows a few of those men who have spent their lives looking for truffles with their trusty dogs who would do anything to stay by their sides. Although with such rarity in such delicious food comes varying opinions of these explorers who are now in their seventies and eighties, but the search still goes on.

The oldest man is eighty-five and is showing no signs of stopping. He has no interest in passing down his knowledge and through to circumstances he’s never had the opportunity to find someone to settle down with, but he knows that he’s lived a good life.

There’s another man whose wife worries for his safety as he likes to go out at night and has the bruises to prove it, but nothing will stop him even if he is one of the oldest out there. There’s even a man who has become disillusioned with the industry and wants to quit, but there are younger men willing to pay anything for his services.

The Truffles Hunters shows a world that many wouldn’t know about, nor would they realise still exists in the modern day as it’s assumed that every food is readily available. However, the documentary shows this special group of men are part of a dying breed and the old-fashioned way is the best way to get what they want.

The documentary also shows the relationships between these men and their dogs and this is the most charming part. There are birthday parties with cakes and meaty treats, bath times that although may seem unusual, show a loving bond between owner and pet and they show the loving connection that could only happen with these people.

The Truffle Hunters may be a very niche documentary, but it will warm your heart and make you wonder how some can still enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

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