A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story ... See full summary »
Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. He pays her a surprise visit in Bucharest, where she's busy as a corporate strategist. The geographical change doesn't help them to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried annoys his daughter with corny pranks and jabs at her routine lifestyle of meetings and paperwork. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to go home to Germany. Enter Toni Erdmann: Winfried's flashy alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines' work circle, claiming to be her CEO's life coach. As Toni, Winfried doesn't hold back, and Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life. Written by
I stumbled upon this film at a local French cinema theater. A lot of dialogue and story, very little plot and action without a conventional Hollywood-type structure sets you up for about 2.2 hours until the situational irony and humor pays off. The last few minutes I laughed in a way that I had not done since quite a while. An excellent way of developing the characters in the script and a great job from the director (who also wrote it) to achieve that connection en-scene.
This film, although it is long and a little slow for the casual viewer, will please the patient audience that does not settle for the Adam Sandler-type of comedy while still being able to entertain throughout the film.
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