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Toni Erdmann

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Germany, Austria, Monaco · 2016
Rated R · 2h 42m
Director Maren Ade
Starring Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl
Genre Comedy, Drama

In this absurdist tale of father-daughter estrangement, Winfried visits his daughter, Ines, in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. He believes that her workaholic ways have cost her her sense of humor, so Winfried decides to create an alter-ego, Toni, designed to lift his daughter's spirits…

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What are people saying?

Marina Dalarossa Profile picture for Marina Dalarossa

Equal parts moving and hilarious. The absurd humor is exacerbated by the everyday situations of the characters and the deadpan delivery of the actors. It's a treat to watch the central father-daughter relationship develop with all its ups and downs.

What are critics saying?


Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

The film’s no-nonsense, visually plain documentary-style of shooting feels utterly appropriate to its sly evocation of the absurdities and banalities of modern life. Just brilliant.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

the film isn't always successful at justifying its heft, repeating the central father-daughter tension innumerable times before the pair finally start to make some progress. It's only thanks to the two actors' extraordinary authenticity that the film continues to work as long as it does.


Variety by Guy Lodge

The film takes precisely as much time as it needs for its muddled, maddeningly human characters, played with extraordinary courage and invention by Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller, to find their way into each other, and so into themselves.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

Every family is its own country with culture and customs and embarrassments that seem alien beyond its borders, but the genius of Maren Ade‘s brilliantly funny and slyly crushing Toni Erdmann is that it makes the utterly foreign nation of its central father/daughter relationship feel so much like home.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

There are numerous delights for the patient and the two leads give prize-worthy performances but at just under three hours this is one drawn-out gag that almost outstays its welcome.


Screen International by Lee Marshall

Surprising, awkward, refreshing and, at times, downright hilarious, German director Maren Ade’s dazzlingly original follow-up to her 2009 Berlinale Silver Bear winner Everyone Else is that rarest of things: a nearly three-hour-long German-Austrian arthouse comedy-drama that (almost) never drags.


The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

According to the most basic laws of cinema, Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade’s third feature as a writer-director (she has five times that many credits as a producer), shouldn’t work. It’s practically one long string of nesting, oxymoronic self-cancelling paradoxes: here is the world’s first genuinely funny, 162-minute German comedy of embarrassment.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

The film is very funny – but asks its audience to wonder if being funny, if wanting to make people laugh, and particularly if using comedy for family-bonding, really is the sign of being relaxed and life-affirming in the way people who are talented at comedy often assume.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

The film’s sweetness and bitterness are held so perfectly in balance, and realised with such sinew-stiffening intensity, that watching it feels like a three-hour sports massage for your heart and soul.

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