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The Swissmakers (1978)
"Die Schweizermacher" (original title)

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Credited cast:
Emil Steinberger ...
Moritz Fischer
Walo Lüönd ...
Max Bodmer
Beatrice Kessler ...
Milena Vakulic
Wolfgang Stendar ...
Dr. Helmut Starke
Hilde Ziegler ...
Gertrud Starke
Claudio Caramaschi ...
Franceso Grimolli
Silvia Jost ...
Sandra Grimolli
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Ulrich Beck ...
Sprachlaborlehrer
Josi Berlinger
Gigi Bertolini
Tino Bertrand
Dore De Rosa
Paul Epstein
Aviva Joel
Monika Koch
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Foreigners who apply to become Swiss citizens have no easy task - especially when the police lets Bodmer loose to check upon their background, their integration in the society, and the possible danger they represent to the orderliness and cleanliness of the country. Bodmer gets a new assistant to help him corner unsuitable applicants. Very soon, a couple of conformist German physicians, a pretty Eastern European dancer, and the inevitable (and politically troublesome) Italian immigrant and his family start shooting themselves in the foot in their attempts to get the red passport with a white cross. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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11 September 2007 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I'm a non-Switzy who lives in Switzerland (although not for very long yet), and I am uncertain about what this country is really like. Of course there are all the stereotypes about cleanliness and orderliness and blind adherence to the rules, but then there is the daily reality of what I see here (which isn't as neurotic as you would imagine). I really enjoyed Die Schweizermacher. It was funny and interesting and the characters were likable (except Bodmer, of course, who was so endearingly and reliably unlikeable). The man shooting pigeons and Bodmer going home every night to eat the dinner made by his mother were simple and inconspicuous ironies, and the friendly nature of the other cop (whose name I've forgotten) was a pleasing contrast. I can't help but believe, though, that it was all based in a murky and xenophobic truth about Switzies and that secretly nothing has changed. Aah the Swiss. They're so strange.


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