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Vitus (2007)



Critic Consensus: Though not highly original, Vitus is slightly redeemed by its charm and compelling performances.

Movie Info

Vitus is a boy who almost seems to be from another planet--he has hearing like a bat, he plays piano like a virtuoso and studies encyclopedias. No wonder his parents begin to anticipate a brilliant future for him. They want Vitus to become a pianist. However, the little genius prefers to play in his eccentric grandfather's workshop. He dreams of flying and of a normal childhood. Ultimately, with one dramatic leap, Vitus takes control of his own life.more
Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements and language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Luisi, Fredi M. Murer, Lukas B. Suter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 27, 2007
Box Office: $28.1k
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Bruno Ganz
as Grandfather
Teo Gheorghiu
as Vitus (age 12)
Fabrizio Borsani
as Vitus (age 6)
Urs Jucker
as Father
Kristina Lykowa
as Isabel (age 12)
Tamara Scarpellini
as Isabel (age 19)
Daniel Rohr
as Hoffmann Jr.
Norbert Schwientek
as Hoffmann Sr.
Heidy Forster
as Gina Fois
Daniel Fueter
as Conservatory Directo...
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News & Interviews for Vitus

Critic Reviews for Vitus

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (27)

Oh, yes. I loved the music, but it's almost impossible to go wrong with Bach and Schumann.

Full Review… | August 22, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

It's a simple, gentle tale that pulls its audience in almost imperceptibly; by its end, you just might be blinking away unexpected tears.

Full Review… | August 3, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A good example of making the differences work for you. Deep down, this is a film about childhood dreams and the determination to make those dreams come true. With such a positive message, you can't help yodeling on your exit from the theater.

August 3, 2007
Miami Herald
Top Critic

There are some likable elements to this unusual, erratic, ultimately frustrating film.

Full Review… | July 27, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The more sentimentally inclined in the audience may even feel like applauding.

Full Review… | July 27, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[A] celebratory, family-friendly fable.

Full Review… | July 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Vitus

Superb! Heartwarming, interesting, clever and fun! If there had been a six star rating, that's what I would have given Vitus. One of the most delightful movies I've ever seen, and oh, the music! This film runs the gamut of emotions, and ends with the best of them all.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


It's interesting to note some less-than-enthusiastic comments of others about 'yet another child prodigy story,' which proceed to harp on that single note without giving the film credit for it's strengths. For me, this fantastic performance by Teo Gheorgiu succeeds at rehumanizing the prodigy stereotype, has fun doing so, and THAT wholistic perspective helps make it an ideal family movie. Big deal, there's no Rach 3, Hammerklavier or Gaspard des le Nuit--for Vitus, this is not a shortcoming.

Anderson A.
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This was a great story and the cast was wonderful. I loved the final performance; it was a great way to end the movie.

Heather Metzger

Vitus Quotes

Vitus von Holzen: Sometimes you have to cut the tree to save the fruit.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Grandfather: If you can't decide, you'll have to part with things you like.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Vitus von Holzen: I'd like to be someone else.
Grandfather: Like who, for example?
Vitus von Holzen: I don't know, whoever, just normal.
Grandfather: As normal as me?
Vitus von Holzen: No, more normal..
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Isabel (earlier): How long are you going to stay in your room?
Vitus Age 6: Until I am an adult.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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