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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Family Romance, LLC’ and Fireworks


FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC (2019) Stream on Mubi. You may not be able to choose your family, but a thriving rental industry in Japan allows you to get pretty close. In his latest film, a hybrid work of fiction and documentary, Werner Herzog goes inside the country’s rent-a-family industry, which pairs actors with those in need of a replacement relative, spouse or friend — for a fee. The film follows Ishii Yuichi, the founder of the rental company Family Romance, and the various roles he plays to fill the voids in his clients’ lives. Things get complicated when Yuichi takes a job portraying a young girl’s missing father.

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE (2020) Rent or buy on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and other streaming platforms and pay TV operators. This documentary from the director Dawn Porter delves into the life, career and civil rights activism of the Georgia congressman John Lewis. The film chronicles Lewis’s Alabama upbringing; his work with Martin Luther King, Jr.; the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.; and his tireless work as a legislator. At age 80, Lewis continues to fight for voting rights and gun control, while battling pancreatic cancer.


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