Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann
A man doesn’t see much of his working daughter. When he loses all his music students, he decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because she is a serious career woman and is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see more eye to eye. As a practical joker he loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks and generally annoying behaviour. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and he agrees to return home to Germany. But then the flashy Toni Erdmann, his smooth-talking alter ego, suddenly appears. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into his daughter’s professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, dad is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but the daughter meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, she begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all. In German and Romanian with English subtitles.

102 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Nudity).
Comedy, Drama, On the art circuit


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Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter, Ingrid Bisu
Maren Ade
ScreenplayMaren Ade
CinematographyPatrick Orth
EditingHeike Parplies
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SA distributorSter-Kinekor
Made in2016
Produced byKomplizen Film, Coop99 Filmproduktion, KNM, MonkeyBoy, HiFilm, WDR, Arte, SWR

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreComedy drama
LanguageStrong impact, frequent.
NudityModerate impact, fairly frequent.
SexNone (sic)
Drug abuseNone
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USA MPAA rating

R: RestrictedRated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use
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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Geoffrey MacNab quote iconTouching comedy on the brink of despair.
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Tomatometer quote iconToni Erdmann pairs carefully constructed, three-dimensional characters in a tenderly funny character study that’s both genuinely moving and impressively ambitious.
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24409 Netizens quote iconThought-provoking comedy - for a narrow audience

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