Toni Erdmann, which has just opened in Germany, is a bizarre independent film that will make you embrace Romania with all you’ve got, and which also manages to lampoon the trappings of corporate life just the right amount. (The impossible loneliness, the ridiculous helplessness of wrestling with a dress that’s too tight amidst the barren luxury of a manicured apartment which is every bit as impersonal as any hotel room is only one such understated example.)
Absurd, funny, touching and unexpected. There will be tears of sadness, tears of derision, tears of joy. And insane amounts of laughter.
Great cast, beautifully acted and fresh, at times minimalistic, at others downright bombastic. Brilliantly directed by Maren Ade and professionally produced by Ada Solomon in Romania. A plea for humanity and tenderness. Please go see this movie.