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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)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 53 wins & 76 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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Details

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

Maren Ade would typically do between 20 to 30 takes of each shot. If it was a scene that required multiple coverage of each actor the number of takes would double to between 40 to 60 so that each actor would get the coverage they needed. See more »

Goofs

On their way back from the small oilfield in Romania, the background motorway scenes differ between Ines and her father in between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ines Conradi: I don't want to lose my bite.
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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

Referenced in Film '72: Episode #46.3 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

The Greatest Love of All
Lyrics by Linda Creed
Music by Michael Masser
Performed by Sandra Hüller
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Lovely and touching
25 December 2016 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

There's just something really magical about this film. I had heard so much praise bestowed upon it but had never really read anything about its premise or plot. I found it to be a very lovely, touching, and brilliant drama, although it also functions as a comedy in more ways than one. I think the real gift of the film is that it's able to be so touching and charming without actually trying to be overly cute and sentimental. The screenplay does so many things and takes so many turns for us to keep on going on this ride with the lead characters. Peter Simonischek and especially Sandra Huller are really fantastic and give us here one of the best pairings of 2016. This is a film to cherish and adore and I really hope it finds an audience. I'm sure it will and I can't wait to see it again.


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