Search

Film review: Toni Erdmann (15) at Diss Corn Hall

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 July 2017

Diss Corn Hall. Picture: LUCY KAYNE

Diss Corn Hall. Picture: LUCY KAYNE

WWW.LUCYKAYNE.CO.UK

The prospect of watching a German comedy that runs for a little under three hours would give the most adventurous of film goers pause for thought, notwithstanding the awards and plaudit Toni Earmann has received.

Yet Maren Ade’s film quickly proves to be worth the effort.

Sandra Huller is excellent as a hardnosed career woman mortified by the unwanted appearance of her father (Peter Simonichek in a comedy master class) at a key business meeting.

To say more would be to diminish the exquisite horror of the ensuing embarrassment that unfolds as the mysterious Toni Erdmann takes centre stage.

This is a comedy, and a very funny one, but it is so much more.

Reminiscent of the early plays of Mike Leigh, the cringe-worthy set pieces and social awkwardness serve a greater purpose than seeking laughs.

Moren Ade has created characters, not caricatures, so that while we may snigger at their antics, we ultimately empathise with their pain.

It is fascinating to see the extent to which familial issues transcend national barriers – who knew the Germans were as screwed up as us – and it is also heartwarming that Maren’s abiding message is one of hope, understanding and forgiveness.

Toni Erdmann (15) shows at Diss Corn Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, July 26. Conact the box office on 01379 652241.

Other news

07:50

A fire has partially destroyed one of the oldest thatched properties in Rockland All Saints, near Attleborough.

11:48

A council has become the second in the county to be deemed “outstanding” for creating the right infrastructure as more houses are built.

11:38

Crews that attended a large cottage fire near Attleborough last night have thanked a village community for their support.

10:52

South Norfolk Council has teamed up with the Imagine Spa Company to create a spa and treatment experience at Wymondham Leisure Centre.

Most Read

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A man was airlifted to hospital following a crash on the A47, at Necton, today.

Read more
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
07:42

Fire services were forced to double their numbers to put out a fire involving 4,000 litres of domestic heating oil cylinders in the early hours of the morning.

Read more
09:49

Two women are in custody after a man was injured in a suspected stabbing.

Read more
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Custodians of a popular beauty spot are considering invasive and potentially expensive measures to guarantee its future.

Read more
Watton
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The closure of a major American airbase is to be delayed by another year.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 25°C

min temp: 11°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy