Toni Erdmann (15)

Dir: Maren Ade | Germany/Austria/Romania | 2016 | 162 mins | subtitles

German filmmaker Maren Ade's (Everyone Else) astonishing Toni Erdmann is one of the standout films of the year.

Germany’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film, it’s a broad and outrageously funny comedy about a truly dysfunctional father-daughter relationship. Peter Simonischek is Winifried, a divorced teacher with a penchant for wacky humour; frequently donning comedy wigs and false teeth. His daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller) – a sleek oil company executive – is less amused by such jokes; but Winifried suspects she is unhappy and so kindly decides to show up at her offices in a new guise: that of 'Toni Erdmann'. A highly original, utterly hilarious comedy.

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