BEST OF 2016: TONI ERDMANN

2016 is wrapped and Award-season is in full swing. So I thought I’d share my own pick for "Best Movie of the Year". I know, the world is waiting with baited breath. I can't help it though, because I saw a film that made me want to spread the gospel: the gospel of the German movie "Toni Erdmann" that is. 

The nearly 3-hour-long dramedy about a father-daughter relationship is a glorious emotional marathon. Writer/Director Adi Maran and her brilliant actors Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller, take us on an absurd but oh so human rollercoaster ride. The relationship between the prankster father and his uptight, workaholic daughter is tragically funny and painfully recognizable. 

Of course I’m not the only one who has taken notice: Adi Maran’s emotional tour-de-farce premiered in Cannes earlier this year, just won the European Film Prize and is short-listed for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Film). 

I could go on and on about the film’s sensitive pacing, Simonischek nuanced and hilarious performance, Hüller's piercing honesty and Maran’s grand accomplishment. But all I’m going to say is: run, don’t walk to see Toni Erdmann; a movie that reminds us of why we go to theatre in the first place- to celebrate the absurdity of life. You’re welcome.