Family Romance, LLC

Love is a business in the latest film from the legendary Werner Herzog.

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AFT recommends FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC.

Family Romance is a Tokyo-based company that offers the perfect stand-ins for absent family, friends or admirers – available to rent for any occasion. Blending fiction storytelling with documentary-style visuals, FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC is a striking meditation on truth and artifice in the age of loneliness.

Werner Herzog (AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD; CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS) directed and also serves as writer and cinematographer. The film premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and tells the story of a Tokyo-based company that offers the perfect stand-ins for absent family members, friends or admirers – available to rent for any occasion.

In a fictionalised take on this real-life company, Herzog follows founder Yuichi Ishii as he helps his clients make their dreams come true. But when the mother of 12-year-old Mahiro hires Ishii to impersonate her missing ex-husband, the line between performance and reality threatens to blur. Shot by Herzog himself, the film blends fiction storytelling with documentary-style visuals for a striking meditation on truth and artifice in the age of loneliness.

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