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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 & 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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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

According to writer/director Maren Ade one inspiration for Winfried's special brand of irritating humor was late comedian Andy Kaufman. 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

Referenced in Lucky Loser - Ein Sommer in der Bredouille (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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Yes, Germans can be funny too
11 September 2016 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

Germans don't have a reputation for being extremely funny. In cinema, they are better known for their dramas than for their comedies. 'Toni Erdmann' is the exception to the rule. It's a German comedy and - surprise! - it has funny moments.

On the other hand, this film is as much a drama as a comedy. The focus is not so much on the humor, but rather on the relationship between a father and his daughter. The daughter is a tense career woman, who lives in Bucharest and doesn't really seem to enjoy her life. When her father visits her, he tries to make her unwind a bit by performing crazy pranks and practical jokes. It's because of these jokes, sometimes leading to hilarious situations, that the film is classified as a comedy. But on the other hand, there is always a bitter aftertaste to the humour, because it is secondary to the father-daughter theme.

As irritating and embarrassing the father sometimes is to the daughter, at last he succeeds in changing her attitude. This in itself leads to some bizarre and also dramatically strong scenes.

In my opinion, the script could have used some streamlining and there was no need to stretch the movie to 162 minutes. On the plus side: this film offers an original view to the question how seriously we should take life. And the two lead actors do a great job.


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