A despiction of a troubled father-daughter relationship with situations that border on the absurd (intentionally absurd). A really well made film which made me reflect just a bit on my own relationship with my father - both my parents, really - in general. And what is film if not personal?
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.
It starts out as the cliche of a black sheep showing an uptight prude how to live but thankfully finds something else going on in that tired narrative, which is why the running time is necessary. And although I'd love to see a Lena Dunham script starring Kristen Wiig, I can't imagine what kind of nonsense the US remake is going to commit against this movie--and everyone should be embarrassed to be involved in it.
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.
The scene where Ines has her naked birthday breakdown and the Erdmann "Hair Monster" makes an entrance is nothing short of brilliant comedic timing (and probably the funniest thing I've seen in years). This is a real gem of a film that serves as a reminder to all of us to never lose our sense of humor in such a cold, corporate world. My only complaint is that it didn't need to be damn-near three hours long.