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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.

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Fredi M. Murer
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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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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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Did You Know?

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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Fredy Murer's latest is excellent.
30 April 2007 | by wag67See all my reviews

What a great movie to come out of Switzerland, though for those who have followed Fredy Murer's career this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. His humanity truly transcends geographical and language boundaries and what he has to tell us about growing up, and raising children, in a funny, heartwarming but never condescending story that sounds true every step of the way, is simply extraordinary.

The casting is outstanding, too, from the two young real-life pianists to another subtly powerful performance by Bruno Ganz. Sony Classics will release it this summer (I just saw it at the Tribeca Film Festival) - go and see it if you missed it. Hard to believe that they apparently had a hard time raising money for this, but now it seems to have all been worth it. It was also the country's official Acadamy Award entry for best foreign language film (though it didn't win).

Got a chance to talk to the director after the screening, such a nice man, too...


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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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Dolby Digital

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