Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
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
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Toni Erdmann. Fancy an almost 3 hour German comedy? No, I didn't either. A film about a father struggling to connect with his daughter so he ends up infiltrating her business world with his alter-ego, Toni Erdmann. Still not grabbed you? No, I wasn't convinced by the premise either. But....... I laughed so much I cried - on many occasions. But behind all the laughter there was an undercurrent of poignancy - tears of laughter could easily become tears of sadness. I'd say it was a tragi-comedy - I'm not really sure what that is - but think Frank (starring Michael Fassbender). I absolutely loved it. I thought there was still a good hour left and thought this would be a great place to end - and it ended. I couldn't believe I had been watching for nearly 3 hours. An absolutely masterpiece in film-making. 9 out of ten
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