'Monk With a Camera,' though devoted, is blurry at its center

December 12, 2014 1:08 PM

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As a documentary, "Monk With a Camera: The Life and Journey of Nicholas Vreeland" is as unassuming as its subject. It seems to demand nothing as it goes about sketching out Vreeland's unusual religious and creative quest.

Directed by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara, the film is, indeed, about a Tibetan monk with a camera. The larger question it seeks to answer is why the man - grandson of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, son of an American diplomat, child of privilege - gave up worldly possessions to become a monk...

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