Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann ★★★½

Germany's "Toni Erdmann," a droll yet prickly observation of the relationship between a buffoon of a father and his work-driven daughter, engages with its knowing look at the ties that both bind and repel. Simultaneously funny and pointed, the story finds Peter Simonischeks' Winfried showing up unannounced and attempting connection as Sandra Hüller's Ines works her soul off in Romania. Director, Maren Ade, focuses on character and the bristly dance of adult daughter and aging dad, revealing two people who bind to their world in manners both similar and not. Solid work from all involved, the film appeals with its inner and outre humanity.

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