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Foster (2011)

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Looking to adopt a child and unable to conceive a child of their own, the Morrison's lives are turned upside down when a 7 year old boy unexpectedly shows up on their doorstep.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Collette ... Zooey
Ioan Gruffudd ... Alec
Maurice Cole ... Eli
Richard E. Grant ... Mr. Potts
Anne Reid ... Diane
Hayley Mills ... Mrs. Lange
Barry Jackson ... Tom Jenkins
Daisy Beaumont ... Sarah
Tim Beckmann ... Jim
Bobby Smalldridge ... Samuel
Audrey Newman Audrey Newman ... Audrey
Dan Mersh Dan Mersh ... Bank Manager
Jo Wyatt ... Jane
Jeremy Child ... John Burns
Haruka Kuroda Haruka Kuroda ... Translator


Zooey and Alec Morrison are a married couple who are struggling to bridge the painful gap that is developing between them. Unable to conceive, the Morrisons await confirmation of a child to foster. One day, a seven years old boy who calls himself Eli appears on their doorstep quite mysteriously, explaining the foster agency has sent him. The boy is old beyond his years and it becomes apparent that he is the listening ear amongst the couple's marriage breakdown. Eli offers moral support and idealistic suggestions to his foster parents on how to repair and re-kindle their love for each other. The couple begin to rebuild their foundations at home, at work and emotionally until they find the love they once had for each other. But all may not be as it seems... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

5 November 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel in the House See more »

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Did You Know?


Being shown on Netflix as " Christmas Angel in the House" See more »


Eli: "It's Chopin, the preludes, particularly melodic." (While playing, actually, Nocturne in F Major op. 15 n° 1.) See more »


Eli: Who needs a hug? Do you know what I say? Better out than in.
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Spun-off from Foster (2005) See more »


Performed by Bananarama
Written by Robbie van Leeuwen (as Van Leeuwen)
Published by International Music Network Ltd
Licensed Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
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Very touching feel good film
23 May 2013 | by lily612See all my reviews

I found this on Sky and despite the title which is irrelevant and does nothing to draw any attention to the film, I looked up the title on here and decided to give it a go, despite mixed reviews. I watched it with my teenage son and we both loved it. It was funny and poignant and a little bit of a mystery ;) I liked all the characters, especially Eli! What a delightful little oddity he is. Sure it is reminiscent of other movies such as "It's a wonderful life" and it is somewhat predictable, but that didn't detract from it at all for me. It made me cry but on the whole it's a tender experience that leaves you with a very warm glow along with the end credits. It should be re-titled as simply "Eli" Whoever called it "Foster" was having a very bad day! It's not going to be everyone's taste but sensitive souls like myself will no doubt appreciate where it is coming from.

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