Toni Erdmann

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  162 min.
Release Date: January 27, 2017 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal
DVD/Blu-ray: April 11, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.50
based on 14 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter, Ingrid Bisu, Victoria Cocias, Vlad Ivanov

Synopsis

Winifried (Peter Simonischek) is a retired piano teacher and divorcé who delights in playing silly (and annoying) pranks on everyone in his small German suburb. He also happens to be the father of Ines (Sandra Hüller), a corporate management consultant, who is the complete opposite of her dad.

Ines' tightly wound and controlled lifestyle is shaken up when the eccentric Winifried decides to pay her an unexpected visit after years of estrangement. What ensues is a hilarious clash of personalities that leaves both father and daughter exhausted. However, their crazy reunion may actually be just the thing to heal their broken relationship.

Director: Maren Ade
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Janine Jacowski, Jonas Dornbach, Michel Merkit, Maren Ade
Screenplay: Maren Ade

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  • 4 stars "There is so much to like about this movie that I am dismayed that it will have an American version with Jack Nicholson. Broad humour on the part of an aging father who just lost his elderly dog eventually wins over his neglectful, wound up, stressed, under-appreciated international consultant daughter. The humour is meant more for the daughter than the viewer and it is at times infused with a poignancy that 'spaghetti' misses altogether. It is a very long film but worth every minute and the best scenes are toward the end when everything unravels. The final scene is an open question and almost unbearably moving."
  • 5 stars "A movie so great it will restore your faith in life itself. The themes it takes on include father and adult-daughter dynamics, corporate culture, world economics, feminism, families. It's long but has no fat. The audience erupted into applause after the showing I attended. Best movie I've seen in several years."
  • 1 star "OMG what a piece of garbage. Do not waste 2 hours and 42 minutes of your life!!!"