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Toni Erdmann [Blu-ray] [2017]

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  • Actors: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter
  • Directors: Maren Ade
  • Producers: Maren Ade, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Michel Merkt
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: SODA Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 29 May 2017
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B01N9X5SIE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Toni Erdmann is a remarkably touching and outrageously funny portrait of a father-daughter relationship. Ines is a highly-strung career woman whose life in corporate Bucharest takes a turn for the bizarre with the arrival of her estranged father Winfried. A practical joker with a liking for silly disguises and childish pranks, Winfried attempts to reconnect with his daughter by introducing the eccentric alter ego Toni Erdmann to catch Ines off guard, not knowing how capable she is of rising to the challenge.

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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2017
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I can't recall the last time I literally cried laughing at a German film, but several times during this long, unique shaggy dog story written and directed by Maren Ade, I couldn't control the rising manic cackling, mainly brought on by the central performance, by well-known German comic TV and theatre actor Peter Simonischek, of elderly Winfried, alias Toni Erdmann, a buck-toothed long-haired alter ego he assumes in Bucharest, while 'visiting' ~ uninvited ~ his rather cold, businesswoman daughter Ines, who is played brilliantly, wittily, and with modest versatility, by slight but forceful Sandra Huller.
That's about all the 'plot' of this unforgettable film I'm prepared to give away. There are what you could call set-pieces ~ all of them bizarre, surreal, or both ~ and many stretches when little appears to happen. These latter are fascinating, and seldom boring, since you're generally agog to see what next madness has been dreamed up, or simply recovering from the above-mentioned helpless laughter.
The direction is unobtrusive, with the film's pacing slow but often necessarily so. Whole minutes go by in a kind of suspended animation, or the camera will stay on someone's face for longer than you'e expect. Many of the supporting actors have some telling moments.
It's the kind of film you might expect to come from Spain, Italy, France, or Finland {shades of Kaurismaki's deadpan drollery} but rarely Germany. Hats off to this more-than-promising female director for the surprise of the year so far.
The title character {and he is exactly that, a character, in every sense of the word} has echoes, surely unconscious, of Barry Humphries' own alter ago Les Patterson, particularly in his more vulgar moments.
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In this offbeat farce with a serious message, artistic prankster Winfried Conradi is appalled to see how his daughter Ines has become a high-flying workaholic, driven to succeed in a ruthless, corporate world. This is a far cry from his own idealism and lack of materialism, born in a time when Germany was redefining its values after WW2. Ines is by turns embarrassed and furious when he gatecrashes her working life in Bucharest, where she is trying to negotiate a delicate contract which will involve handling the redundancies which will inevitably result from the reorganisation of Romanian oil production on efficient modern lines.

Winfried has been likened in appearance to Dame Edna Everage’s counterpart Les Patterson, but I have to confess being irritated by his trademark fake goofy teeth and mop-like wig. He struck me as the kind of attention-seeking unfunny would-be comic I would avoid like the plague in real life, making it hard to be convinced that there is supposed to be a wise, perceptive, right-thinking character underneath.

The acting is good, particularly the role of the tense Ines, whose sense of the ridiculous, which is perhaps inevitable in the child of such a father, nevertheless breaks through, even at inopportune moments.

This film has been highly praised by the critics, and certainly had many people roaring continually with laughter when I watched the film with a live audience. Yet for me, the film does not really “work”.

It is at least 45 minutes too long with some scenes so protracted, possibly in an attempt to immerse the audience in realism, that their initial dramatic impact is allowed to evaporate.
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By Karin on 3 Mar. 2017
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Good DVD delivered quickly. No poster included as advertised though.
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excellent film (if you understand German)
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By DavyG TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2017
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Maren Ade's 'Toni Erdmann' offers a somewhat eccentric twist on the generation gap storyline. Distraught at the death of his beloved dog, retiree Winfried (Peter Simonischek) pays an impromptu visit to his uptight, workaholic daughter Ines (an exceptionally strong performance from Sandra Huller), a Bucharest based consultant in the oil industry. The visit goes badly, and Winfried ostensibly goes home to Germany, but the practical joker in him takes over, so he stays in Bucharest and assumes a bizarre alter ego 'Toni', a man determined to bring a bit of joy back into his daughter's hapless life.
'Toni Erdmann' has a running time of two and three quarter hours, so the pace is leisurely, with plenty of time for character and plot development, but crucially, it never flags. The director pulls together a superb cast and and very witty script to perfection, switching effortlessly between laugh-out-loud farce and poignant, bittersweet whimsy, with a couple of strangely pervy episodes thrown in for good measure. It's a zany, heartwarming and extremely endearing film; all in all, a perfectly crafted piece of work which generously rewards the effort of seeking it out. Don't let anyone tell you that Germans don't have a sense of humour!
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A bit of a mixed bag!
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