Blurring ever further the lines between fiction and documentary, the German filmmaker examines the relationship between a 12-year-old girl and the actor hired to play the father she’s never met.
Looking to hide a secret from her 12-year-old daughter Mahiro, a woman hires actor Yuichi Ishii to approach the girl and pretend to be her father. Taking as his starting point the Japanese phenomenon of rentaru furendo, agencies that fill emotional voids using hired actors, Herzog once again examines the blurred line between documentary and fiction. The German director’s raw, hyperrealistic new film, shot on the fly using non-professional actors, is a fascinatingly meta look at the actor’s...
| 89 minutes | 2019
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