2016 / Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Romania / 162 mins / Dir: Maren Ade
Cast includes: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn
In German, with English subtitles
Corporate Strategist Ines and her father Winfried don’t see eye to eye, so she is less than pleased to see him when he turns up unexpectedly in Bucharest, where she is working on an important project.
Undeterred, he disguises himself in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, and assumes the alter ego of Toni Erdmann, barging 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.
Unashamedly bizarre, relentlessly hilarious and ultimately moving, Toni Erdmann received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language film.
★★★★★ ‘Utterly unique and wholly indefinable. I laughed, I cried, I shrieked.’
★★★★★ ‘Surreal and screamingly funny’
★★★★ ‘Simonischek delivers a thoroughly winning performance.’
★★★★★ ‘Just brilliant.’
★★★★★ ‘Radically insightful and ferociously smart’