Language: English, German
Running Time: 162min
Film Year: 2016
Do you recall the shock you felt when you realized you were more like your parents than you ever feared possible? This is what happens to Ines Conradi over the course of the uproarious German comedy Toni Erdmann, a film that received that rarest of distinctions: unanimous critical praise at the notoriously captious Cannes Film Festival, and now has been selected as Germany’s submission for the 2017 Oscars in the foreign-language category.
Ines is in her early 30s. She is a hyper-efficient, internationally educated management consultant working on assignment for one of her firm’s major clients in Bucharest, Romania. She’s successful, but not necessarily happy—especially when her affable but somewhat raggedy father Winfried surprises her with an unannounced visit. More than slightly embarrassed, Ines drags her shambling dad to a business social. She works to minimize the visit as much as possible, dispatching him back to Germany in the quick, efficient manner she handles everything in her life. Or so she thinks. Winfried turns up in a bad wig and false teeth at an outing where Ines is sharing drinks with colleagues, introducing himself as “Toni Erdmann: businessman.” Ines’ carefully constructed persona is about to go through the ringer.
Beautifully constructed on every level, Toni Erdmann is a love song to the divine maelstrom of parental love. – Jaie Laplante
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Director: Maren Ade
Producer: Janine Jacowski, Jonas Dornbach, Michel Merkit, Maren Ade
Screenwriter: Maren Ade
Music: Michael Mühlhaus
Cinematographer: Patrick Orth
Editor: Heike Parplies