Possibly the weirdest film I’ve ever seen: Toni Erdmann

You might think that a two and three quarter hour German language film about an annoying prankster father and his career obsessed, high-flying daughter would not appeal, but believe me, it is brilliant.

The title is a pseudonym the father adopts when pretending to be alternately a life coach, a consultant, an ambassador and the friend of a famous tennis player. He is actually a piano teacher whose last student has quit and whose dog has just died. He decides to head to Bucharest in an attempt to connect with his businesswoman daughter, who is ruthlessly engaged in promoting her career as a downsizing business consultant.

What follows is a hilariously painful series of encounters in which the father appears at her office, at parties and business functions, often wearing a bad wig. In doing so, he exposes the emptiness, lovelessness and hard-heartedness of her life.

This is perhaps the weirdest film I’ve ever seen, but also one of the funniest and most touching. Put 3 hours aside. It’s worth it.

“Toni Erdmann” was written and co-produced by Maren Ade. It stars Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller. It won five awards at the 29th European Film Awards: Best Film (a first for a film directed by a woman), Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Actor, and Best Actress.It also won the European Parliament LUX Prize.It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards. (Wikipedia)

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5 thoughts on “Possibly the weirdest film I’ve ever seen: Toni Erdmann

  1. I had seen the shorts – does that mean my life is empty, loveless and hard-hearted – hmmm.

  2. Great review, Mike. I loved this film too. As you say, it’s weird and wonderful with some quite heart-rending moments – made me laugh and cry.

  3. Thanks, Mike. I’ll look for it.

    On Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 10:23 PM, mistakenforarealpoet wrote:

    > mike hopkins posted: ” You might think that a two and three quarter hour > German language film about an annoying prankster father and his career > obsessed, high-flying daughter might not appeal, but believe me, it is > brilliant. The title character is a pseudonym the father ado” >

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