TONI ERD­MANN

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Ines Con­radi (San­dra Hüller) is a no-non­sense in­ter­na­tional busi­ness­woman, op­er­at­ing in the up­per ech­e­lons of a blood­less, male-dom­i­nated world. Her fa­ther, Win­fried Con­radi (Peter Si­monis­chek) is a high school mu­sic teacher, a rum­pled, ag­ing slacker. He’s also an in­vet­er­ate prac­ti­cal joker. He likes to slip into wigs and fake teeth to tran­si­tion into his al­ter-ego, Toni Erd­man. As Toni, he is ev­ery cor­po­rate ca­reerist’s worst parental night­mare. Wear­ing a dark Neil Young wig and a mouth­ful of buck teeth, he pops up into his daugh­ter’ busi­ness life, and of­fers his ser­vices as a life coach to the cor­po­rate CEO to whom she is pitch­ing a ma­jor deal. She tries to po­litely en­dure him, fi­nally loses her tem­per and sends him pack­ing. But like a bad pfen­nig, he keeps turn­ing up. Ines is made of tough ma­te­rial, but his oafish, of­ten ham-handed prank­ish­ness is a re­lent­less force. Rated R. 162 min­utes. In Ger­man with sub­ti­tles. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Jonathan Richards)

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