DVD Review – VITUS

     December 3, 2007

Reviewed by Joseph Agredano

Looking at the DVD’s cover, one is left to get only a very vague idea of what the film is about. “Vitus” is a film about a boy, the title character, who at a very early age displays his gift to play the piano—a prodigy. In being a prodigy, as is to be expected, Vitus is pushed with much expected of him. This portrait of the fictional Vitus is charming and is a nice lighthearted watch.

Very quickly, Vitus has his life set for him: leaving kindergarten to further his studying of the piano. At the same time, Vitus’ parents, although concerned for their child, also have to worry about other things. It is Vitus’ grandfather who stands as a place of safety for Vitus and ultimately the safety of the whole family. But although he is a genius, Vitus also has a desire to exist as a “normal kid.”

The picture is enjoyable, which is perhaps made more so through the unique subject matter. Although I would hardly call this a comedy, “Vitus” does provide for some laughs that move the story along. And on the visual side of things – it is pretty, to say the least. The acting is good and the story is fair. Overall, “Vitus” is an okay movie.

It becomes increasingly difficult to say more about a film that mainly brings feelings of ambivalence. On one hand, it is a picture that presents a nice story, yet on the other hand it presents nothing startling. It would seem that “Vitus” is a film, though, that does offer something that draws viewers in: what that is I could only guess…

Special Features

The features are limited and fine. There is a screen test featured of Teo Gheorghiu (who played the older Vitus) on the DVD. Also included is the “making of” documentary that makes the viewing experience of “Vitus” more than enjoyable. Aside from this there is the director’s commentary and an interview with actor, Bruno Gantz.

1.85:1 Widescreen. 5.1 Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles.

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