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Vitus

(DVD - 2007 - German)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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At six, Vitus is both incredibly talented and wonderfully precocious. When it becomes evident that he has an exceptionally high IQ and can play piano like a young Mozart, expectations run high. His parents love him, his grandfather understands him, but no one knows the truth - that his real genius is in his heart.
Title: Vitus
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2007]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 123 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Teo Gheorghiu's screen test; interview with actor Bruno Ganz; making of Vitus; director commentary.
Summary: At six, Vitus is both incredibly talented and wonderfully precocious. When it becomes evident that he has an exceptionally high IQ and can play piano like a young Mozart, expectations run high. His parents love him, his grandfather understands him, but no one knows the truth - that his real genius is in his heart.
Audience: MPAA rating PG, for mild thematic elements and language Canadian home video rating PG.
Awards & Distinctions: Winner Audience award, AFI Film Festival.
ISBN: 9781424872893
1424872898
Statement of Responsibility: A Sony Pictures Classics release, FMM and Hugofilm present a production of Vitusfilm in co-production with SRG, SSR, IDEE Suisse, Schweizer Fernsehen Arte and Teleclub with the aid of Federal Office of Culture Switzerland, Zurich Film Foundation, Kulturfonds Suissimage ; produced by Christian Davi, Christof Neracher, Fredi M. Murer ; screenplay by Peter Lusi, Fredi M. Murer, Lukas B. Suter ; directed by Fredi M. Murer
Credits: Cinematography, Pio Corradi ; editor, Myriam Flury ; original music, Mario Berretta ; costume designer, Sabine Murer ; production designer, Susanne Jauch.
Performers: Teo Gheorghiu, Bruno Ganz, Julika Jenkins, Urs Jucker, Fabrizio Borsani, Eleni Haupt, Tamara Scarpellini, Norbert Schwientek, Daniel Rohr, Heidy Foster, Kristina Lykowa.
System Details: DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, mastered in High Definition.
Other Language: Swiss German dialogue, English, French, and Spanish subtitles.
Subject Headings: Motion pictures, Swiss. Creative ability Drama. Child musicians Drama. Genius Drama. Gifted children Drama.
Genre/Form: Foreign films-Switzerland.
German language materials.
Foreign films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Coming-of-age films.
Topical Term: Motion pictures, Swiss.
Creative ability
Child musicians
Genius
Gifted children
Publisher No: 21476
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Nov 05, 2013
  • carlcav rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What do you do when you’re 12 years old, have an IQ of 180, play piano like a concert master, and your mom is making you crazy with her ambition for you? Well, to start with you hang out with your grandfather and build boomerangs. Then you thwart your mom’s plans every chance you get. Vitus was Switzerland’s official nominee for the 2006 Academy Award for Foreign Films. It stars real-life piano prodigy Teo Gheorghiu as a boy genius who grows weary and resentful of the burden of talent. While young Vitus kicks against his fate, the viewer is treated to breath-taking forays into keyboard virtuosity, including finger-poppers by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Schumann, Ravel, and Scarlatti ... though truth to tell Vitus only really looks like he’s having fun when he does the boogie-woogie backtrack on his babysitter’s karaoke performance of Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits”.

Jun 24, 2013
  • ilove48whippets rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful story about the 12-yr old boy who is a gifted piano musician! He just wants to be normal, which is hard to do when he is so very smart! This is a fictional story; yet, this Child is an actual child prodigy in real life! The actors, the scenery, directing were all very well-done! I highly recommend this movie!

Apr 28, 2013
  • neonkc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

very very good

This was a good film, not a great film. Maybe something got lost in the translation, as the dialogue seemed lacking. His mother was a piece of work. Still, I kept on cheering for something better for Vitus.

Jul 17, 2011
  • BlueMoonGirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An absolutely wonderful, up-lifting movie. Please don't let subtitles stop you from watching this movie- excellent family movie.

Feb 09, 2011
  • teaforme rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful movie. Good family entertainment.

May 30, 2010
  • George Millar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful Swiss masterpiece

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