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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.


Jonathan Newman


Jonathan Newman
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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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A heart-warming tale of love, family and relationships. See more »


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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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 »


Alec: Eli, you're a genius.
Eli: I always thought so, but thanks for the validation.
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Spun-off from Foster (2005) See more »


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Written by Alan Blakley (as Blakley)/Len Hawkes (as Hawkes)
Performed by The Tremeloes
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records
Under License from Universal Music Operations Ltd
By Kind Permission of Boosey & Hawkes
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A well made film with a good story & a lot of warmth
20 December 2011 | by roshantulsyaniSee all my reviews

The story centres around a couple who apply for a foster adoption. However, the very next morning after their application, a seven year old boy comes up to their doorstep, all dressed up in a suit, tie and top hat, with all the legal documents in hand. This is an extremely interesting idea and the film does justice to this innovative premise.The scenes in the film following the strange arrival of the child are worth watching. The way the couple reacts and adjusts to this unique child is both heartwarming and humorous. Truly wonderful.

Newman's simple and well plotted narrative, his effective screenplay and the talented mix of actors (its got Toni Collette) all come together to tell this interesting tale. Come and watch the story unfold.

Mood: Comfort Movie with a good serving of wonder and warmth

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