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Vitus (2006)

A twelve-year-old piano prodigy who suffocates 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.

Director:

Fredi M. Murer
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrizio Borsani Fabrizio Borsani ... Vitus - age 6
Teo Gheorghiu ... Vitus von Holzen - age 12
Julika Jenkins Julika Jenkins ... Helen von Holzen, mother
Urs Jucker ... Leo von Holzen, father
Bruno Ganz ... Grandfather
Eleni Haupt Eleni Haupt ... Luisa
Kristina Lykowa Kristina Lykowa ... Isabel - age 12
Tamara Scarpellini Tamara Scarpellini ... Isabel - age 19
Daniel Rohr Daniel Rohr ... Hoffmann jun.
Norbert Schwientek Norbert Schwientek ... Hoffmann sen.
Heidy Forster Heidy Forster ... Gina Fois
Daniel Fueter Daniel Fueter ... Direktor Konservatorium
Livia S. Reinhard Livia S. Reinhard ... Kindergärtnerin
Susanne Kunz Susanne Kunz ... Primarlehrerin
Thomas Mathys 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Switzerland

Language:

Swiss German | English

Release Date:

7 December 2006 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Vitus, l'enfant prodige See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,722, 1 July 2007

Gross USA:

$187,480

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,079,556
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Quotes

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

Referenced in Die Vitusmacher (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Lichtstück Nr. 1
Composed by Mario Beretta
Performed by Alexey Botvinov
MGB CD 6186
Under license of Musiques Suisses/Migros Kulturprozent MGB
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Amazing Journey into Genius
14 September 2007 | by drmargaretSee all my reviews

I loved that this child was not only musically gifted, which I expected from the descriptors of the movie. He was mathematically a genius as well. But, the most amazing part was his understanding of psychology -- the ability to solve severe financial problems for his grandfather, the ability to manipulate everyone in his world into thinking he was normal for several years. The movie is one of the best I have seen in, literally, decades. And, then, there is the piano performance of a real musical savant. So, this is the story -- but the ability of the script and the director to move me into childhood, to remember what some of the issues of autonomy are, to see a family who loves and cares for their child, but also faces issues of financial pressures and job loss. This is a movie we can all relate to on many levels. What a great show!! I hope it becomes available on DVD -- I'll buy about 10 to give away. Dr. Margaret


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