Toni Erdmann 15 (S)
Recently voted the best film of the year by Sight & Sound’s critic’s poll and one of the standout films at Cannes (where festival-hardened critics broke out into spontaneous applause twice), Toni Erdmann is a brilliantly original absurdist comedy, an epic of parent-child dysfunction that centres on a father assailing his uptight corporate daughter with crazy pranks.
Winifried (Peter Simonischek) is a divorced music teacher with a baffling penchant for wacky humour; frequently donning comedy wigs and false teeth. His daughter Ines (Sandra Huller), a sleek businesswoman, is less amused by such jokes, but when Winifried decides she is unhappy and they must reconnect, he lets loose his arsenal of eccentric jokes under the guise of his new identity: Toni Erdmann.
What follows almost defies description and saying too much would spoil the fun anyway, but suffice to say this is a brilliantly executed comedic masterpiece, frequently touching, and totally original. It's destined to be one of the most talked about films of the year - come and see why!
This film screens as part of the 70 year twinning anniversary of Bristol- Hannover-Bordeaux.