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Toni Erdmann (2016)

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A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Director:

Maren Ade

Writer:

Maren Ade (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 53 wins & 75 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Hüller ... Ines Conradi
Peter Simonischek ... Winfried
Michael Wittenborn ... Henneberg
Thomas Loibl ... Gerald
Trystan Pütter ... Tim
Ingrid Bisu ... Anca
Hadewych Minis ... Tatjana
Lucy Russell ... Steph
Victoria Cocias ... Flavia
Alexandru Papadopol ... Dascalu
Victoria Malektorovych ... Natalja (as Viktoria Malektorovych)
Ingrid Burkhard ... Annegret
Jürg Löw Jürg Löw ... Gerhard
Ruth Reinecke Ruth Reinecke ... Renate
Nicolas Wackerbarth Nicolas Wackerbarth ... Coach Leopold
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Storyline

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 Official site

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Austria | Monaco | Romania | France

Language:

German | English | Romanian

Release Date:

25 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Toni Erdmann See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,972, 25 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,478,960, 12 May 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,390,172, 19 March 2017
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Toni Erdmann (2016) was one of the the best-reviewed and most popular films at the 69th Cannes International Film Festival, but it didn't receive any awards by the 'Official Competition' jury. Major critics like Justin Chang, Manohla Dargis, Kenneth Turan, Peter Bradshaw and Guy Lodge wrote that the decisions of the jury were "baffling". There was nearly a consensus, that "Toni Erdmann" would have been a deserving Palme d'Or winner and that a rare opportunity to give the top award to a female filmmaker was missed at Cannes. See more »

Goofs

During the egg painting, the host says that Easter will be the following week, but earlier the same day, in the countryside, there were plums in trees. Orthodox Easter is in April or May, whereas the plums season is in August and September. See more »

Quotes

Winfried Conradi alias Toni Erdmann: No concept makes sense without the client.
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Crazy Credits

Apart from the production companies there are no opening credits, and the movie's title is only shown after all the end credits. See more »

Connections

Features More Than Honey (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Greatest Love of All
Lyrics by Linda Creed
Music by Michael Masser
Performed by Sandra Hüller
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Hardly watchable
3 January 2017 | by froschfroloSee all my reviews

Watching this movie feels like standing in a cool, empty room and looking at a piece of abstract modern art. It's bizarre, disturbing and confusing. You can try to analyse, what the filmmakers intentions were or what may symbolise something, if you like doing that. The most obvious message of the movie (spend more time with your family) appears quite trivial. Some parts are somewhat funny because of the extreme absurdness of the events (don't expect subtlety). The laughter, however, mostly sticks in your throat. The characters are hard to understand, let alone identify with. There are a lot of silent moments, in which you get the chance to feel into the characters, only you don't feel much more than awkwardness. If you're looking for entertainment or something to take from it, I recommend you don't watch this film. If you like "art projects", naked people or unorthodox film making, it may be of interest.


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