Overlong and drawn out at nearly three hours, this one gag, so-called comedy left me totally cold (along with 70% of a sold-out auditorium). It is personally beyond me in understanding why this nonsensical whimsy has so many plaudits.
Ines (a sour-faced Sandra Hueller – Requiem, Uber uns das All) is a high-flying executive with no time for her estranged father (Peter Simonischek – Hierankl, Mozart in China). A disastrous impromptu trip to Bucharest to visit Ines results in the practical joker Winfried looking to introduce a little humour into his daughter’s life. A bewigged, gnarly-toothed Toni Erdmann is the result. Very occasionally funny, Erdmann inveigles his way into Ines’ personal and professional life.