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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Most people would probably be reluctant to answer a newspaper ad reading “Monk wanted. No experience necessary.”

But fortunately, that’s exactly what the subject of Lana Wilson’s new documentary did. He’s Ittetsu Nemoto, a 44-year-old Japanese former punk rocker and troubled club kid turned Buddhist monk who has made a specialty of counseling depressed individuals contemplating suicide.

In its poetic portrait of a man whose quest to help others has cost him dearly both emotionally and physically, “The Departure” proves quietly profound.

Wilson, who previously co-directed the acclaimed documentary “After Tiller,” handles the emotional subject matter with a subtle restraint that makes the film all the more moving.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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