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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.


Markus Imboden


Plinio Bachmann (screenplay), Jasmine Hoch (collaboration on screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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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Hard days in those times.
29 April 2018 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

I know a bit of German but at one point I was wondering what language it was until I discovered it was Swiss German that is a little bit different. Probably the first movie I saw in this language and it's certainly not a bad one. It's a drama, not my favorite genre, but a interesting to watch drama, with good actors and a good, sometimes hard to watch story. Hard to watch, not as in bloody, but as in mental abuse and corporal punishment towards kids. Seeing those scenes make you realize kids from now are just so spoiled compared to certain kids in that time. Because even if it is a movie, life was that hard in most of the families in that time. The acting is excellent, with actors I never heared of. The filming and the story were much better than I expected it to be. A good drama in a foreign language.

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25 October 2012 (Germany) See more »

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