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1,828 Ratings

Toni Erdmann

Directed by Maren Ade
Germany, Austria, 2016
Drama, Comedy

Synopsis

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.

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Toni Erdmann Directed by Maren Ade

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2016 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize

Academy Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | Winner: Best International Film

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: FIPRESCI Film of the Year

The question of seeing/not seeing, recognising or not, posturing, presenting the fake to uncover the truth, is at the core of Maren Ade’s 162 minute exhilarating comedy, Toni Erdmann. As much as a film between father and daughter, this is a film about the travails and joy of performance and the power of cinema – seen from the point of view of the daughter.
March 17, 2017
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When asked to reduce Toni Erdmann to its essential outline, the German actor Sandra Hüller, who plays Ines, described it as: “a father visits his daughter at her workplace”. But part of the tremendous appeal of Toni Erdmann is its resistance to such plot condensation. Instead, the complex relationship between Ines and her father Winfried unfurls slowly across 162 minutes of sprawling narrative that took director Maren Ade two years and two pregnancies to write.
February 28, 2017
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Make no bones about it, on first viewing, Toni Erdmann is as strange, delightful and dementedly funny as the hype has it. But repeat watching reveals a film that plays first as comedy, then as tragedy.
February 02, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Toni Erdmann

    What a Hoot! Oddest, most surreal, funniest (dead-ass funny actually), most original, poignant and moving flick of the 10s, period. Period. . Best movie-dad of the 21st century. Most complex father-daughter relationship I've seen, maybe ever. A film that marries/mixes oh so seamlessly & perfectly the documentary & the fiction, the entertainment and the document. Makes you dwell emotionally as well as intellectually.∇

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Toni Erdmann

    4.5 Hilarious and touching. I can't believe that people say it's "too long". Did anyone tell Picasso that Guernica was "too long" and wouldn't fit in a normal space?

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Toni Erdmann

    Hugely disappointing venture that aims to blend a critique of neo-management with a parodic rescuing of intimacy between daughter and father. Finely acted, though far fetched at points, its main weakness is its excessive length, the schematic script and some notoriously poor scenes of sexual contact and nudity. Indolent in rhythm it places excessive demands on the admittedly good two leads.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Toni Erdmann

    Everything I could read or hear in Cannes about this movie is bullshit (Too long, film about Romania). IT'S SIMPLY ONE OF THE BEST FILMS IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS! Tout ce que j'ai pu lire ou entendre à Cannes sur ce film (Trop long, film sur la Roumanie) ne sont que des conneries. C'EST TOUT SIMPLEMENT LE MEILLEUR FILM DE CES DERNIERES ANNEES !

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Toni Erdmann

    The additional 45 mins it affords itself isn't entirely justified - we learn little more about Ines and Winfried within that time - but the payoffs more than make up for the padding. Freespirited Prankster loosens up Corporate Stiff is hardly original material, but Simonischek and (particularly) Hüller are pitch-perfect, and those 3 or 4 classic setpieces provide a much-needed comedic and emotional release.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Toni Erdmann

    My father believed it was his inherent right to embarass his kids. We'd be walking down the street and he'd break out in song. As kids we all had different coping strategies. My sister was the youngest and almost too easy to embarrass. She remains embarassed to this day. My younger brother just pretended it wasn't happening. Being the oldest I decided to join him in singing. It's hard to embarrass me to this day.

  • Ana Sousa's rating of the film Toni Erdmann

    Just heard this is getting a remake... People: MOVIES MADE IN EUROPE ARE STILL MOVIES, THEY DON'T NEED HOLLYWOOD'S REMAKES. We do NOT need a second version of a great movie starring famous actors. We're just fine with these brilliant ones. Also, we don't need explicit scenes cut out because the so called "evolved" country can't handle them. Have some creativity.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Toni Erdmann

    Excellent, excellent, excellent. Astute absurdity that perfectly captures the current unease of trying to exist with lightness in a morally complicated globalised world. Top marks for the suit as a well executed marketing plan. 4.5 stars

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