Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann

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Winner of prestigious prizes at both Cannes and Seville Film Festivals, this tender German comedy is a moving, often hilarious portrait of an unusual father-daughter relationship.

The suddenly student-less music teacher Winfried (Peter Simonischek) decides to surprise his serious career minded daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller) with a visit after the death of his old dog. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy her with corny pranks, but what is worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany.

Enter flashy "Toni Erdmann": Winfried's smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines' professional life, claiming to be her CEO's life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn't hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. This is a slow-burning thing of beauty, ultimately as moving as it is implausibly funny.