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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 ... 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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An Authentic Prodigy! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Vitus' kindergarten teacher tells his mother that Vitus is very cheeky because he calls her Obelix instead of Mrs. Pfenninger (at 0:10:43 on the 2007 DVD). Helen von Holzen replies "That's a compliment, he loves Obelix." Obelix is a cartoon character in the French comic book series Asterix noted for his fatness, the menhirs he carries around on his back, and his superhuman strength. (Mrs. Pfenninger is heavy set.) See more »

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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A Fable Played by Real People
6 May 2007 | by merlin-105See 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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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