My Reincarnation

Rated NR 100 minutes 2011

Refreshingly low-key for a movie about enlightenment, this documentary focuses on the relationship between Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and his half-Italian son, who's spent much of his adult life as a company man for IBM. Director Jennifer Fox shot this during extended stays with both men in 1989, 2002, and 2009; and like Michael Apted's Up documentaries, it's most interesting in its depiction of how personalities evolve over time. Unfortunately, there's no rhyme or reason to the editing: the compelling details tend to get buried under stretches of far less interesting material, such as sound bites of Rinpoche's lectures and scenes of each man traveling for work.

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Official Site: myreincarnationfilm.com

Director: Jennifer Fox

Producer: Jennifer Fox

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