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Vitus (2006)

Cast: Teo Gheorghiu, Teo Gheorghiu, Bruno Ganz, more...
Director: Fredi M. Murer, Fredi M. Murer, Marcel Just
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Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Germany, Coming of Age
Running Time: 123 min.
Languages: English, German
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
A young boy whose remarkable, almost supernatural capacity for learning prompts his parents to anticipate a brilliant future as a pianist rebels to take his fate into his own hands in director Fredi M. Murer's contemplative family drama. By kindergarten Vitus is reading encyclopedias, and by age five he is a piano prodigy. Despite the fact that his parents do their best to nurture the young boy's natural talent for music, Vitus seems strangely disinterested in refining his exceptional talents on the ivory. In fact, the only place where Vitus seems to be in his element is in his eccentric grandfather's cluttered workshop. Now, as the young boy begins to display a keen interest in aviation, one fateful leap will set his entire future into motion, and offer a compelling preview of things to come. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Something Different in a Feel-Good Fantasy by talltale December 1, 2007 - 3:03 PM PST
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4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Don't let VITUS pass you by. Most major critics were quite dismissive of this movie, which won Best Swiss Film prize on its home turf. Yet it will please and surprise audiences on a number of levels, as it tackles its theme of how to raise a child prodigy: Do you force the kid to follow his gift--or his dream? And what if he doesn't know what he wants?

The movie takes a different direction from the one that you imagine it will, which is all for the better. The performers (including the wonderful Bruno Ganz) are first-rate and the co-writing and direction from Fredi M. Murer gets the job done. This IS a fantasy: Insider trading would not so easily be countenanced, were it done by anyone but our likeable hero. And it'll indeed make you feel good, but the movie is unusual enough to also make you think and question, laugh and cry, and not feel stupid or ill-used for doing all of this. That's an accomplishment--and also the reason the film rates much higher with audiences than with our ever-so-watchful guardians of culture.




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(Average 8.33)
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