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Here'sJasonreporting from the NYFF on a Cannes favorite and Oscar hopeful

It's not often you hear an audience of movie critics gasp out loud at something on-screen,butToni Erdmann,the new comedy of forced familial closeness from German director Maren Ade,has a comic moment so perfectly timed that it got the civilized cinema-set of New York City to jump out of their seats like this was anEvil Deadmovie in 3D.You know you've got 'em hooked when you can conjure up such a response - Hitchcock called it playing the audience like a piano.The fact that it comes via a comic-beat here,and not via a cat jumping onto a final girl's shoulder or a shower stabbing,makes it all the more astonishing.

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