There is a point of time towards the end of Toni Erdmann where you’ll be urging the film to hurry along, so have a little patience mustered up before sitting down to watch this one. But the rewards… oh my goodness!
The storyline follows the often bizzare relationship between a father and his grown-up daughter. The situations they get themselves into or put each other into are riotous. There are several scenes you will never banish from your head – not that you would want to.
As an added bonus, if you ever wanted an insight into the disingenuous world of corporate management consultacies, this is it. I worked in the industry for 5 years and how it is portrayed here is spot on.
Toni Erdmann is a subtle, thoughtful film which conjures up fantastical situations which will tear up your insides with laughter and, simultaneously, melt your heart.
Wonderful Cinema strongly recommends you do not ruin the impact the director meticulously planned for you by watching trailers or reading spoilers. For those of you who cannot resist:
Title: Toni Erdmann
Director: Maren Ade
Year, Country, Language: 2016, Germany/Austria, German
Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek (click here for full cast)
Screenplay: Maren Ade
Cinematography: Patrick Orth
Editing: Heike Parplies