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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 & 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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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

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

Goofs

The lady, who helps Ines painting an Easter egg, puts on a single latex glove twice. See more »

Quotes

Winfried Conradi alias Toni Erdmann: Don't lose the humor.
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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

Remade as Toni Erdmann See more »

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Beach Party
Written by Henning Birkenhake and Gabriel Grote
Performed by Grote & Birkenhake
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Awful, Obnoxious, Disappointing
11 February 2017 | by Mark BeckmannSee all my reviews

Totally waste of time; 160 minutes of torture. €10 on a total fail. I cannot believe that the film industry in Germany is so miserable that such a catastrophe is chosen as their candidate for an academy award. This screenplay is ultra-weird, not for the unusual timeline of the movie, but exactly for two disgusting scenes. The sex part with pastry, and the birthday party; I regret to mention, but only perverts can think of such stories. Awful; waste of time and money...

The main idea could be elevated into an interesting story not necessarily by a very professional screenplay writer, but even middle. This movie is a false and defective combination of Hollywood films' and French films' philosophy. That is, at intervals the tone switches between those two ideas.


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