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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The story of a highly-gifted boy 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)  »

Also Known As:

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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

Der wilde Reiter
Composed by Robert Schumann
Performed by Teo Gheorghiu
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A Fable Played by Real People
6 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

We just saw Vitus at the San Francisco International Film Festival, with an audience that packed in the theatre and gave the director a round of applause at the end. In the context of Fredi Murer's career, this film address themes that he explored in earlier works such as Alpine Fire and Full Moon, but here with a lighter, less moralistic tone. Murer clearly has a great rapport with children and brings out a credible performance from the nonprofessional actor (but real-life musical virtuoso) Teo Gheorghiu -- especially considering that so much of the film rests on this young pianist's shoulders. Bruno Ganz, whom English-speaking audiences rarely get to hear performing in his own Zurich dialect, unsentimentally embodies the traditional Swiss values that are disappearing under a wave of American-style materialism and yuppie anxiety.

Parents, take your young geniuses to see this film, and take its humane message of love, self-recognition and forgiveness to heart.


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