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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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 !
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.
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.
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.
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
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.∇
Profound; touching; modern; cringe worthy; humanistic; devastating; darkly comic....just a handful of adjectives to describe the third and best film to date from director Maren Ade. Though not the 'comedy' the film is being marketed as, Ade's dark tale rewards on many levels. Huller and Simonischek are both wonderful here creating full bodied characters in raw performances. Life is indeed full of awkward moments.