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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.


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


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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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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





Swiss German | English

Release Date:

7 December 2006 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Vitus, l'enfant prodige See more »


Box Office


CHF 3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,722, 1 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$186,492, 21 October 2007
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


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 »


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Written by Tina Turner
Copyright©1973 by EMI Catalogue Partnership/EMI Unart Catalog Inc./Huh Music Corp.
Under license of/Courtesy of EMI Partnership Musikverlag GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg
Performed and produced by Adrian Weyermann
Vocals: Rhonda Dorsey
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Childhood fantasy
27 April 2007 | by satnitcboySee 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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