The titular virtuoso, who is played as a tyke by Fabrizio Borsani, then as an owlish 12-year-old by Teo Gheorghiu, is a musical prodigy, which is only the first of his many abilities. It’s also why his parents, bedazzled by the glory of their son’s specialness, have decided to rob him of his childhood. To escape their grasp, he fakes the impairment of his talents, a scam that requires him to exercise the very brilliance he’s hiding. Vitus, a fizzy domestic fairy tale from Switzerland, gives you a lift, as it revels in the oddball joy of genius as kid power. B+
Genre: Drama, Foreign Language; Starring: Fabrizio Borsani, Teo Gheorghiu, Bruno Ganz; Director: Fredi M. Murer; Author: Peter Luisi, Fredi M. Murer; Runtime (in minutes): 123; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Posted July 10 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT
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