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The Foster Boy (2011)

Der Verdingbub (original title)
A Swiss-German rural peasant family takes Max, a crude 15-year-old boy, into a foster situation of constant bullying. Soon, a foster girl is added to the mix.

Director:

Markus Imboden

Writers:

Plinio Bachmann (screenplay), Jasmine Hoch (collaboration on screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Katja Riemann ... Bösigerin
Stefan Kurt ... Bösiger
Maximilian Simonischek ... Jakob (as Max Simonischek)
Max Hubacher ... Max
Lisa Brand Lisa Brand ... Berteli
Miriam Stein ... Esther
Andreas Matti ... Hasslinger
Heidy Forster Heidy Forster ... Grossmutter
Ursina Lardi ... Mutter Dürrer
Ernst C. Sigrist Ernst C. Sigrist ... Polizist
Christoph Gaugler Christoph Gaugler ... Störmetzger
Peter Wyssbrod Peter Wyssbrod ... Arzt
Hanspeter Müller Hanspeter Müller ... Gemeindepräsident
Martin Hug Martin Hug ... Hugo Wagner
Rebekka Burckhardt Rebekka Burckhardt ... Erzieherin
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The illegitimate orphan child, 12-year-old Max, is sold by the local minister for a basket of food to the Bösiger family, who own a mountain farm. Max' initial hope of finally finding a loving home is brutally shattered: The farmer and his wife treat Max like livestock, and their son Jacob humiliates and abuses him. Only the local teacher notices the child suffering on the farm. Written by OJT

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Country:

Switzerland | Germany

Language:

Swiss German

Release Date:

25 October 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El hijo adoptivo See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The collective story of those affected by the Swiss foster system.
8 August 2013 | by dimitri-burkhardSee all my reviews

There is no doubt that the story of a foster boy with no rights of his own could have been turned into a heart wrenching drama. However, despite the gravity of the subject manner, director Markus Imboden successfully infused some elements of entertainment which help viewers deal with the helpless situation of Max.

Many potentially controversial subjects were touched only at the surface, such as the role of the church or the involvement of the Swiss government in the foster system.

Thanks to the beautiful tunes of the accordion, a sort of acoustic happy end was made possible.


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