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Family Romance, LLC
Original title:
Family Romance, LLC
Slovenian title:
DruĹžinska romanca d.o.o.
Section:
KINGS & QUEENS
Country, year:
USA, Germany, 2019
Length:
89
Directed by:
Werner Herzog
Screenplay:
Werner Herzog
Cinematography:
/
Music:
/
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
Japanese
Voting code:
Z
Cast:
Ishii Yuichi, Mahiro Tanimoto
Awards:
Cannes 2019

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Description:
Werner Herzog continues to examine the absurdities of contemporary civilisation, this time focusing on Japan where genuine human warmth is available for hire.
It's cherry blossom season in Tokyo and many people are out enjoying the day at the vast Yoyogi Park. But a miserable 12-year-old girl, who has no relationship with her alienated father, is not in such a good mood. This is where Yuichi Ishii comes in. Glib and open by Japanese standards, the appealing thirtysomething tries different approaches to get the girl to open up, asks her questions and, up to a point, succeeds in engaging her in a way that her mother, who's also present, evidently cannot. Welcome to the world in which romance is business. Family, friends, followers. All available for hire.

"My producer Roc Morin had some experience with a phenomenon nobody knew about in the West, that family relationships, friendships and all sorts of family replacements can be rented. In a way, it points to something in society that we feel and know is coming with all this existential solitude. It's not an exotic phenomenon. It is something we know that is coming at us inevitably." (Werner Herzog)