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.
He sees the emptiness and unhappiness his daughter Ines is experiencing in this cold business world, and sets out to reconnect with her. I also feel for Ines the daughter, who sees only the realisation of ambitions and status as a means to fulfilment.
Both the main characters father and daughter are fabulous in their roles The film is funny, bizarre and moving; it does have long slow scenes which some people might become impatient with, but I enjoyed them because they contained content which was necessary to maintain the integrity of the meaning. It's three hours out of your life Few people will regret watching this. Wonderful performances all round and insightful about Bucharest - the writer must know the country very well.
Key locations are incorporated into the story and it shows authentic sets from inside Romanian homes, offices and hotels, capturing the life that goes on there. This is a film which asks fundamental questions about values and the consequences of their pursuit.
There was one shot which showed the lonely business consultant looking out of the window of a plush new building full of conference rooms and, to the side, a yard with a large Romani family living, probably with no running water, in the shell of a building with their dogs amid piles of rubbish.
It lasted just a few moments. I thought this was such a cleverly crafted juxtaposition, only possible in cinema. Another highlight for me was the surprise rendering in full of "the Greatest Love of All" with a solo children's keyboard for accompaniment - reminded me of performance of Sonny in the Belgian film Aaltra.
Thoroughly original and captivating! I don't think I have ever seen a more offbeat comedy than this. However, all is there for good reason with alienation and solitude being the most pronounced themes of the film. The characters and situations surprised me from the start to the end.
Really enjoyed it! Will polarise audiences - it refuses to be labelled a comedy or drama, instead presenting true and nuanced performances which deliver a timeless message about what's important. Ade has an unusual gift for planting more than one idea in each frame; I don't think there's a single one of the movie's minutes that can be reduced to a single emotional beat or narrative function.
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