7.4/10
885
3 user 18 critic

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:

Writers:

(screenplay), (collaboration on screenplay)
Reviews
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The demise of airline Swissair in 2001 was a huge blow to Switzerland's economy and to the country's morale. It was a sad day for Swiss history when the airline's fleet was grounded on 2 ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Steiner
Stars: Hanspeter Müller, Gilles Tschudi, László I. Kish
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Goalie has just been released from prison after spending a year inside for keeping his mouth shut for his best buddy Ueli. He heads for his hometown of Schummertal, a small town where ... See full summary »

Director: Sabine Boss
Stars: Michael Neuenschwander, Sonja Riesen, Marcus Signer
Late Bloomers (2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Centers around four older ladies from the Emmental region. When four older women decide to turn the local corner shop into a chic lingerie store, the whole community is thrown into disarray.

Director: Bettina Oberli
Stars: Stephanie Glaser, Annemarie Düringer, Heidi Maria Glössner
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf Lyssy
Stars: Emil Steinberger, Walo Lüönd, Beatrice Kessler
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Three lonely herdsmen starved of female companionship creates the girl of their dreams, from a broom, some straw and a few rags. The creation - Sennentuntschi, lives and breathe to cook, clean and look after the three.

Director: Michael Steiner
Stars: Roxane Mesquida, Nicholas Ofczarek, Andrea Zogg
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

In a Swiss church, Antonio Carrera is getting married to the pretty daughter of an Italian Mafioso, as army police marches in and takes him to the compulsory Swiss military school.

Director: Mike Eschmann
Stars: Michael Koch, Melanie Winiger, Myriam Aegerter
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

February 1939: Switzerland closes its borders to Jewish refugees. Hundreds of people continue crossing the border without a valid visa. An investigation is launched by the Chief of the ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Gsponer
Stars: Helmut Förnbacher, Aaron Hitz, Robert Hunger-Bühler
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

It is love at first sight between Kari and Annemarie but their love is not without complications. They come from opposite sides of the society and Annemaries father have other, more wealthy and handsome, husbands in plan for her.

Director: Xavier Koller
Stars: Hanspeter Müller, Nils Althaus, Carla Juri
War (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The world is against Fifteen-year-old Matteo. He has no friends and his parents seem to live in a different universe. One night two men carry him off: sent to a remote alp, where he is forced to spend the summer working hard.

Director: Simon Jaquemet
Stars: Sascha Gisler, Benjamin Lutzke, Ella Rumpf
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Dani Levy
Stars: Markus Hering, Meret Becker, Veronica Ferres
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Marina, an upper-class social worker with a doting husband and an enviable downtown apartment, is suddenly transformed into a bizarre twilight version of herself after having been raped by three policemen.

Director: Angelina Nikonova
Stars: Sergey Borisov, Olga Dihovichnaya, Sergei Golyudov
The Weekend (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After being released from prison, former RAF terrorist Jens Kessler spends his first weekend in freedom with friends from the past; among them are his former lover Inga and her husband. As ... See full summary »

Director: Nina Grosse
Stars: Sebastian Koch, Katja Riemann, Sylvester Groth
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Bösigerin
Stefan Kurt ...
Bösiger
Maximilian Simonischek ...
Jakob (as Max Simonischek)
Max Hubacher ...
Max
Lisa Brand ...
Berteli
Miriam Stein ...
Esther
Andreas Matti ...
Hasslinger
Heidy Forster ...
Grossmutter
...
Mutter Dürrer
Ernst C. Sigrist ...
Polizist
Christoph Gaugler ...
Störmetzger
Peter Wyssbrod ...
Arzt
Hanspeter Müller ...
Gemeindepräsident
Martin Hug ...
Hugo Wagner
Rebekka Burckhardt ...
Erzieherin
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

25 October 2012 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El hijo adoptivo  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The collective story of those affected by the Swiss foster system.
8 August 2013 | by See 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.


12 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Foster Boy (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?