The simplicity in the films narration starts off as something very ordinary or mundane slowly taking you to a plane that leaves you with something very profound, perhaps a new perspective towards emotions that define relationships. I could not resist watching it twice back to back !
The camera work is outstanding! Specially when the woman asks him to move out to them. Also, the conflict and concern about making people happy by this kind of services and then realizing that you can be a victim as well, is very interesting and scary. If something fake evokes authentic happiness, is this happiness empty or worthless ?
I mean, I don't even know where to start. I got no idea, how this movie got a 8.9 rating. Bad editing with random zoom-ins, camera was a mess with a mix of drone shots and what seemed like handy-camera footage, the acting was bad, especially from the main character, and the screenplay was less of a story than a loosely knit rope of events. Really - don't watch this movie.
I loved it! 5 / 5 As always the case with Herzog, it is a film about art, performance and truth. And again, as always, it is an invitation to reflect upon our own subjectivities. *The robot-fish in the film is the epitome of this film. *one cannot miss the reference to Seven Samurai *Herzog at the beginning and at the end of the film, in the so called Q&A session - those scenes are part of the film!
I love how Herzog approach such an enormous topic like existential solitude via simplicity and authenticity. The peaceful story-telling and cinematography magnified the very subtle emotions in the feature - the final effect is powerful and reflects the beauty of sorrow. Just as Herzog said in the intro ‘everything is fake but the emotions are real’, Family Romance LLC trapped me in an ocean of empathy.
"At Family Romance, we aren't allowed to love, or to be loved" A quiet and meditative film, Family Romance LLC brilliantly uses a faux-documentary style of film-making to chronicle the work of a 'fake person salesman'. It's intentionally slipshod style perfectly fits the subject matter resulting in stilted dialogue and awkward conversations that's highly entertaining to watch.
"How much of our own lives is performative"? Beautiful. I find the notion of family romance - along with many of the other Japanese phenomenon explored throughout the film - very interesting, and a big moral question. The film leaves the audience forging their own subjective opinion as to whether it is moral or not. I cried a lot.