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.


Maren Ade


Maren Ade (screenplay)
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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


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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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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


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 »


Winfried Conradi alias Toni Erdmann: You have to do this or that, but meanwhile life is just passing by
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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 »


Featured in The Oscars (2017) See more »


The Greatest Love of All
Lyrics by Linda Creed
Music by Michael Masser
Performed by Sandra Hüller
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An Overly Stretched & Thinly Sketched Character Study That's Bland, Overlong & Tediously Paced
2 February 2017 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards, and supposedly the favourite to win the Oscar statuette although I fail to see what's so great about it, Toni Erdmann is a bland, overlong & tediously paced cinema that's amusing in bits n pieces but those moments are few n far in between.

The story of Toni Erdmann follows an old-age hippie with a penchant for weird pranks who tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter by paying her a surprise visit but only ends up messing her lifestyle. Things do take an interesting turn when he reappears in a different persona and claims to be her CEO's life coach.

Written, co-produced & directed by Maren Ade, the film opens on a promising note with hints of better things to come but none of that ever really arrives. The main focus is on the deteriorating relationship between a father & a daughter and an attempt by the former to bring a sense of joy back into the latter's life and much of it is finely illustrated.

Still, the entire film feels empty from within. Most of the pranks & lame attempts at humour fall flat, none of the characters exhibit a compelling arc, the plot becomes repetitive after a while, the dull pace at which its events unfold doesn't help either, there is no escalation whatsoever throughout its runtime, and although the performances are good, it fails to enrich the overall experience.

Neither reverberating on emotional scale with its dramatic portions nor consistent when it comes to delivering the laughs with its elements of comedy, Toni Erdmann is an overly stretched & thinly sketched character study that limps aimlessly for 162 minutes before concluding on a banal note. An art-house comedy of sorts, this German-Austrian comedy-drama will either strike a chord with you or will be an ordeal to sit through.

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German | English | Romanian

Release Date:

25 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Toni Erdmann See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »


Box Office


EUR3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,972, 25 December 2016

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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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