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Toni Erdmann

  • Starring: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn
  • Director: Maren Ade
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
  • Languages: English, German, Romanian
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 162 min.

Winfried (Peter Simonischek) doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller). The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy Toni Erdmann: Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all. [Sony Pictures Classics]

"A sly evocation of the absurdities and banalities of modern life. Just brilliant."
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"A slow-burning thing of beauty, ultimately as moving as it is implausibly funny."
- Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter
"What makes Toni Erdmann, the finest comedy in recent memory, so wonderful and beguiling is the deep undercurrent of sadness that informs its eventual life lessons."
- Nico Lang, Consequence of Sound
"With a perfect balance of heart and humor, Toni Erdmann transcends its clichéd premise, becoming one of the most tragic comedies of the decade so far."
- Josh Cabrita, We Got This Covered
"The film takes precisely as much time as it needs for its muddled, maddeningly human characters, played with extraordinary courage and invention by Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller, to find their way into each other, and so into themselves"
- Guy Lodge, Variety
"Toni Erdmann is one of the most stirring cinematic experiences to come around in a long time"
- Giovanni Marchini Camia, The Film Stage