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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Eleni Haupt ...
Luisa
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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 ...
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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

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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7 December 2006 (Israel)  »

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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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Referenced in Die Vitusmacher (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Goldberg Variationen (29, 30, Aria)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Alexey Botvinov
alphadisc 970420
Under license of Music & Arts Promotion, Helene Kern
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Huzzah for Vitus!
8 November 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

Sure this is a movie that everyone loves to hate. A foreign movie about a boy who is gifted on the piano. His parents notice this and immediately set about to make sure the boy is properly educated and makes sure he plays the piano. The boy just wants, you know, to be a boy. No one seems to understand except his grandfather. So you know, they have a SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP. Sure, this is a predictable and syrupy feel-good fluff, but damned if I didn't enjoy it. I LOVED this movie. This is the type of movie that you could say the sum is equal to it's parts, as all the cast and the script combine together to make this as enjoyable as possible. A special nod goes out to the 3 kids playing Vitus, who are all quite great, and to Bruno Ganz who is quite marvelous here too. Again, this wont make any awards list, or be even nominated for anything (it's just a little TOO predictable), but this sure would make audiences cheer.


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