Review Toni Erdmann

“Toni Erdmann” is the new indie comedy sensation of the year. Even though the comedy didn’t win any awards it was received by the cinema critics as the best film in Cannes this year.

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.

Maren Ade (“Alle Anderen”, “Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen”) returns after a 7-year absence with this absurd and hilarious comedy. The great strength of the film lies in the way the absurd of the scenario and the situations are insert into reality. The characters in “Toni Erdmann” are very serious business executives and the silliness of the “Toni Erdmann” character completely disrupt their lives and routine which lead to hilarious scenes. The other great part of the film is the chemistry between the actors. Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter, Hadewych Minis, Lucy Russell and Ingrid Bisu are extremely well cast.

“Toni Erdmann” is a very entertaining movie which will unsettle and surprise you in every scene. The problem of the film is the duration combined with the storyline. Even though the film is funny and has unforgettable moments it sometimes overlooks the story to find the best joke.  “Toni Erdmann” duration is a problem with the ending losing a little of the strength and emotion of the previous scene.

“Toni Erdmann” is a beautiful comedy which will enchant the viewer and hopefully its absurd way of looking at workaholics and family relations will inspire others to create inspirational stories.

Stanley Berenboom

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