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Shot in Japan, with Japanese actors, in Japanese, Oscar-nominated auteur Werner Herzog brings to screen a unique angle to the recurring theme of individuals chasing impossible dreams. An idiosyncratic meditation on the commodification of love, this is an amusing and also strangely moving work and undoubtedly the director’s best ‘fictive’ work in some time.
4**** The Telegraph
Robbie Collins, The Telegraph
“Werner Herzog’s fakery-filled docudrama sparks genuine joy.”
“It is Herzog’s best film since 2010’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams – seemingly slight at first, but with a premise that snags in your brain, and moments of pure oddball transcendence.”
“The excellent Family Romance, LLC, a fictional feature that veers so close to documentary that Variety initially assumed that it was. It tells the tale of a true-life Japanese agency that – in its words – “creates illusions to make the lives of our clients better”.
Xan Brooks, The Guardian
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