Director: Maren Ade
Producers: Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski
Written By: Maren Ade
Starring: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn
Family is one of the few things we do not choose in life.
We can change jobs, we can move to another country. But family is the one thing we cannot get rid off. No matter how hard we try.
The talented Maren Ade masterfully delivers an emotional story while criticising the corporate world in Europe and the ruthless German approach to ‘assist’ countries much less favoured economically, such as Romania.
But I am not into politics myself. As a European, I’ve had enough of that.
Watching Toni Erdmann took me back to a few months ago when my father came to stay with us. To me, he was relentless, embarrassing and short-sighted.
I could see myself in Ines. I could feel her struggle as she deals with her father.
The constant façade that she builds to prove that she can do better.
Her father’s transformation, an invasion of privacy at first, slowly becomes a fierce fight to recover his daughter by taking over a new persona. Toni and Ines’ story is a plea for coming clean, to reconnect with our family despite our differences.
Toni Erdmann is much more than a film made for entertainment sake.
I laughed, I cried and it made me think. And that is as much as you can ask for.
Maren Ade is a resourceful writer, director and producer. She founded the production company Komplizen Film with producer Janine Jackowski.
In 2015, Komplizen Film was honoured with the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in German Film by the DEFA Foundation.
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