Monday 5th March: Toni Erdmann (15)

Germany  –  Comedy, Drama  –  Year: 2016  –  Running time: 162 mins
Language: German/English/Rumanian

Set in the unpromising world of German business consultancy, here is a low-key triumph: an affecting, weird and thoughtful treat, and possibly the funniest two-and-a-bit hours of German cinema you will ever experience.  But there are serious undertones to consider as this tale of a fraught relationship between father and daughter develops.  A rumoured Hollywood re-make is pending…!

If you’re looking for the best and most beguiling foreign-language film of the year, you’ll find it in Maren Ade’s German father-daughter story that will leave you laughing and choking back tears, often simultaneously.
Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)

Director: Maren Ade
Everyone Else (2009) / The Forest for the Trees (2003)
Cast:
Sandra Hüller                               …   Ines Conradi
Peter Simonischek                       …   Winfried
Michael Wittenborn                      …   Henneberg
Thomas Loibl                               …   Gerald
(for full cast, and more information, see “Toni Erdmann” in IMDB)

Selected UK reviews:

The Observer (Mark Kermode)
Sight & Sound (Catherine Wheatley)
Independent (Geoffrey Macnab)

Official UK trailer: