A 12-year-old piano prodigy, suffocating from his parent's big dreams for him, decides to make his escape and with the aid of his grandfather chase his own dreams instead.

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Cast

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Fabrizio Borsani ...
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Julika Jenkins ...
Urs Jucker ...
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Eleni Haupt ...
Luisa
Kristina Lykowa ...
Tamara Scarpellini ...
Daniel Rohr ...
Hoffmann jun.
Norbert Schwientek ...
Hoffmann sen.
Heidy Forster ...
Gina Fois
Daniel Fueter ...
Direktor Konservatorium
Livia S. Reinhard ...
Kindergärtnerin
Susanne Kunz ...
Primarlehrerin
Thomas Mathys ...
Arzt
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Storyline

The film tells the story of a highly-gifted boy whose parents have demanding and ambitious plans for him - they want him to become a pianist. However, one day the boy, Vitus, is no longer willing to comply with his parents' plans and ambitions because he wants to follow his own star. Written by Christof Neracher

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At age 6 his masters were Bach, Mozart, Schumann, and Liszt. By age 12 he had mastered them. See more »

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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

7 December 2006 (Israel)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

CHF 3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,722 (USA) (29 June 2007)

Gross:

$186,492 (USA) (19 October 2007)
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Quotes

Vitus von Holzen - age 12: The hardest part was losing that game of chess!
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Connections

Remade as How to Disappear Completely See more »

Soundtracks

Rondo a-Moll KV 511
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Teo Gheorghiu
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Childhood fantasy
27 April 2007 | by (NY NY) – See all my reviews

Saw a screening tonight at Tribeca Film Festival - good news for American Audiences: Sony Classics will be distributing Vitus here beginning June 07.

Director Muller says Vitus grew out of his own childhood fantasy: to be a genius. Other fantasies also play out in this completely guileless, charming story.

(Teo Gheorghiu is, in fact, a brilliant pianist. Now 14, he played in person before the screening and proved that, in fact, all the musicianship on display is real. The 5-yr old Vitus also plays.) Happier, and funnier, than Little Man Tate. IMO, what is thoroughly unpredictable about this film is the absence of nasty, bitter adults and children you'd have likely found in an American version ... except for the "boss's son" character, who is a cliché, but not one you have to look at for long.

Vitus demonstrates that fantasy can be a personal, human pastime, not just a cartoon or computer-generated effect. Terrific little film.


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