Of all the films that screened at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, none garnered more excitement (or laughs) than Maren Ade’s hilarious comedy Toni Erdmann. Since sending the audience into raptures at its World Premiere on the French Riviera, Ade’s triumphant third feature has caused a stir among film critics for its bellyaching humour and absurd playfulness. It was the runaway winner in Sight And Sound’s esteemed critics poll to discover the best film of 2016 and it is now a frontrunner in the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year’s Academy Awards.
Just in case you need any more incentive to see this must-see film, we’ve rounded up the reviews from the major critics:
“This tender German comedy is a moving, often hilarious portrait of an unsual father-daughter relationship… Just brilliant.”
– Dave Calhoun, Time Out ✮✮✮✮✮
“One of the most brilliant comedies of the new millennium… As great as you’ve heard, and probably even greater.”
– David Jenkins, Little White Lies ✮✮✮✮✮
“It’s precisely and thrillingly as odd as life.”
– Robbie Collin, The Telegraph ✮✮✮✮✮
“Something to be savoured… the film is very funny.”
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ✮✮✮✮
“Toni Erdmann is a low-key triumph… a weird, thoughtful, affecting treat.”
Ian Freer, Empire ✮✮✮✮✮
“A humane, hilarious triumph.”
– Guy Lodge, Variety
– Jonathan Romney, Sight And Sound
Director: Maren Ade.
Starring: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller. Germany/Austria 2016. 162 mins. German with English subtitles.
After his dog dies, Winfried decides to bond with his daughter Ines instead – much to her horror. Wearing a long wig, a bad suit and a combative attitude, he adopts the bizarre wild-man alter ego of Toni Erdmann, forcing Ines into increasingly hilarious attempts to preserve her career-woman image. Writer-director Maren Ade’s distinctly offbeat comedy was the deserving winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes 2016.
Toni Erdmann is in cinemas from Friday 3 February. Book tickets