TONI ERDMANN

Rating: MA15+
Length: 162 minutes
Session Times:
RIVIERA FILM FESTIVAL

Genre: Arthouse, International, Drama
Rating: M 162' Nudity, sex scene, coarse language and drug use
Cast: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn
Directors: Maren Ade
Written by: Maren Ade

Synopsis:
Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It's an awkward move because serious career woman Ines 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. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What's worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy "Toni Erdmann": Winfried's smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines' professional life, claiming to be her CEO's life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn't hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.

Reviews:
"Stripped of a steadying score and explanatory monologues - so much is left unsaid in Toni Erdmann that the absence starts to say something - this story of a father and daughter's bond can be a litmus test for your sense of humour."
- The Sunday Age

"Raw, painful and excruciatingly funny, Toni Erdmann might just be one of a kind."
- The Daily Telegraph

"Superb and deeply-layered examination of the special relationship between fathers and daughters [and] much more than that ... thoroughly engaging, moving and meaningful, a major film with a lot on its mind."
- ABC Radio
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