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The mean-spirited nationalist challenge to globalism that has taken hold in the United States and Europe—elevating Donald Trump and the alt-right as well as the Brexiteers, Marine Le Pen, and European cognates—has cried out for more leavened and sympathetic cinematic interpretation than real life has often afforded it. Filmmakers are obliging. Perhaps improbably, Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting, released here last month, is one of the more prominent examples. A very good sequel to boot, it picks up...
There are certain things which, as an adult, you just don’t want your parents to see. Being patronized by a client at work ranks fairly high on the list, serving wine stark naked at your own birthday party even higher. Winfried (Peter Simonischek) witnesses his daughter (Sandra Hüller) do both of these and more in Toni Erdmann, a film in which conventional boundaries of privacy, propriety, perhaps even sanity, break down completely. This is...
Toni Erdmann Directed by Maren Ade Opens December 25 It’s been seven years in the making. German writer-director Maren Ade’s third directorial effort Toni Erdmann has arrived, and it’s certainly worth the wait. It’s billed as a comedy, and is surely uproarious at times, but the humor emerges from depths of sadness, frustration, and transcendence. While subtly dissecting the relationship between an estranged father and his corporate globetrotting daughter, often traversing emotional territories that are difficult to...
Toni Erdmann plays October 2 and October 4 as part of the main slate of the 54th New York Film Festival. Sony Classics will release the film theatrically on Christmas day. Follow our coverage of NYFF 2016 here. One of the most potent cinematic tchotchkes of the year is a set of fake teeth. Winfried, (Peter Simonischek) the oddball patriarch at the center of German director Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, keeps these teeth in his...

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