Dir. Maren Ade. Germany, 2016. 2h 42m. German/subs. Starring Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Trystan Pütter, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Hadewych Minis.
An eccentric father with a penchant for practical jokes tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter, a stern and successful businesswoman, using a bizarre array of fake wigs, fake teeth and alter-egos. This insightful German comedy is laugh-out-loud funny and filled with moments of touching, revelatory pathos. Resoundingly cheered by the critics and a firm festival favourite, this touching and unconventional film is unlike anything else you’re likely to see this year. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
'Maren Ade’s third feature stands as one of the most brilliant comedies of the new millennium.’ ★★★★★ David Jenkins, Little White Lies.
’Calling it a bittersweet comedy wouldn’t remotely do justice to the Zen-like equipoise in which Ade and her sensational cast hold its sweetness and bitterness. I cried laughing, laughed crying, and plunged through every other emotional paradox that glugs beneath the surface of family life.’ ★★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Telegraph