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Review: My Reincarnation

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The great strength of Jennifer Fox’s documentaries is her directness, and considering that her best-known work, “Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman,” is longitudinal in the extreme, a six-hour survey of her romantic life and the lives of women she meets across three years, from the ages of forty-two to forty-five, and her “My Reincarnation” (2010) encompasses twenty years of experience, it’s certainly a virtue. In “Reincarnation,” Fox has personal connection to Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, for whom she was working as a secretary when she met his Italian-born son in 1989. The father-son dynamic when Yeshi opts out of the family business—to reject his “destiny” as a reincarnation of a late uncle, a revered teacher—offers Fox a chance to examine a range of culture and conflict while encompassing other personalities, including the Dalai Lama. There’s much to contemplate in the dogged, understated “My Reincarnation’s” brief running time, but there is clarity in sufficient measure. 82m. (Ray Pride)

“My Reincarnation” opens Friday at Facets for two weeks.

2 Responses to “Review: My Reincarnation”

  1. alihu Says:

    This film is so inspiring! I love how it captures both the relationship between the main character and his father as well as the personal struggle toward destiny. The footage itself portrays both Italy and Tibet as conflicting ties for the main character. An extraordinary look at the expectations culture and religion has on a young man’s life and future. If it’s playing anywhere near you, go see it!

  2. Critical Acclaim for ‘My Reincarnation’: Watch it Tonight | POV Films Blog | PBS Says:

    […] My Reincarnation’s brief running time, but there is clarity in sufficient measure.” — Ray Pride, Newcity Film “[A] remarkable documentary…” — Daniel M. Gold, New York […]

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