Toni Erdmann

R (for strong sexual conetnt, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use)
Running time:
162 minutes

Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. 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.

Release date:
December 25, 2016
Quick review:
Writer-director Maren Ade’s stun-gun of a comedy-drama is a bizarre, brilliant and madly original story about an aging German hippie man-child (Peter Simonischek) and amateur comedian who pulls every book in and his book to reconnect with his estranged yuppie daughter (Sandra H 5/8ller). She works in Romania as a corporate consultant who is hired by struggling companies to lay off workers by the hundreds. He’s retired and lonely so he pops up in her life unannounced – and in disguise as a life coach to CEOs. Their encounter takes them on a bizarre tour of Bucharest. The comedy is out of this world, the emotional journey deeply authentic and affecting. In German and Romanian with English subtitles.