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Toni Erdmann (2016)

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A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 53 wins & 74 nominations. See more awards »

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... Ines Conradi
... Winfried
... Henneberg
... Gerald
... Tim
... Anca
... Tatjana
... Steph
... Flavia
... Dascalu
... Natalja (as Viktoria Malektorovych)
... Annegret
Jürg Löw ... Gerhard
Ruth Reinecke ... Renate
Nicolas Wackerbarth ... Coach Leopold
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Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. He pays her a surprise visit in Bucharest, where she's busy as a corporate strategist. The geographical change doesn't help them to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried annoys his daughter with corny pranks and jabs at her routine lifestyle of meetings and paperwork. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to go home to Germany. Enter Toni Erdmann: Winfried's flashy alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines' work circle, claiming to be her CEO's life coach. As Toni, Winfried doesn't hold back, and Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life. Written by Official site

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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25 December 2016 (USA)  »

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Budget:

€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,972, 25 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,478,960, 12 May 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,390,172, 19 March 2017
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Toni Erdmann (2016) was one of the the best-reviewed and most popular films at the 69th Cannes International Film Festival, but it didn't receive any awards by the 'Official Competition' jury. Major critics like Justin Chang, Manohla Dargis, Kenneth Turan, Peter Bradshaw and Guy Lodge wrote that the decisions of the jury were "baffling". There was nearly a consensus, that "Toni Erdmann" would have been a deserving Palme d'Or winner and that a rare opportunity to give the top award to a female filmmaker was missed at Cannes. See more »

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On their way back from the small oilfield in Romania, the background motorway scenes differ between Ines and her father in between shots. See more »

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Winfried Conradi alias Toni Erdmann: Don't you dare steal my idea.
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Remade as Toni Erdmann See more »

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Safe and Sound (Tommie Sunshine & Live City Remix)
Written by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian
Performed by Capital Cities
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Multi without culti
20 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

The film is (partly) about the fact that the globalisation of production does not go hand in hand with the globalisation of (real) culture, and therefore people lose a part of their "humanness", and get a strange substitute for it, the so-called "corporate culture". This problem affects all of us and most of us must have encountered similar situations or feelings as the persons in the film, that is why imho it resonates with so many people. It is especially meaningful coming from a nation, which in the past produced the greatest artists and thinkers (and not only the dark years), and which by all its peculiar characteristics and abilities would be meant to oppose the above trend. Sorry if my English is a bit strange.


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