Maren AdeGermany162 minutes2014ColourGerman English
Film critic Johanna Schneller Globe and Mail introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion January 31 at 7pm.
One of the most talked-about films of 2016, the new film from Maren Ade (The Forest for the Trees, Everyone Else) is an alternately hilarious and mortifying comedy about the fraught relationship between a repressed corporate consultant and her incessantly prank-playing dad.
Retired divorcee Winfried (Peter Simonischek), an incorrigible (and painfully unfunny) prankster, pays a surprise visit to his daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller), a high-ranking and tightly-wound management consultant, and soon insinuates himself into every aspect of her professional life, turning each day into a parade of embarrassment. Transforming a scenario fit for a sitcom into something wholly original and altogether more affecting, the must-see third feature from German director Maren Ade (The Forest for the Trees, Everyone Else) is an almost unbearably intense comedy that is already being celebrated as the best film of 2016.