Synopsis: The film tells the story of a highly-gifted boy whose parents have demanding and ambitious plans for him - they want him to become a pianist. However, one day the boy, Vitus, is no longer willing to comply with his parents' plans and ambitions because he wants to follow his own star.
Genre: Drama, Music
Director(s): Fredi M. Murer
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  3 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min

Hey, you! Switch the engine off!

No, don't accelerate!

Stop the engine!

As a boy l had a list of favourite jobs.

My Top Ten. On top it said in red letters:


And in second position?


l can't remember.

The other nine were of no importance.

Watch out!

When it comes back, you have to duck!

Beautiful flight.

Wow, grandpa! Straight

into the kitchen window!

Try to play!

lt's like a real piano!

Did you say "thank you"?


The boy needs a real piano.

Mum, when do l get a real piano?

Vitus, get dressed, we have to go!

You'll have to ask your dad.

Dad, when do l get a piano?

You'll have to ask your godmother.

Watch out, don't touch anything!

This thing can hear five times

better than the human ear.

- Bats can hear ten times better...

- Yeah? Really!?

Put these on.

- l hear even less now.

- Wait a minute...

You're right, there are no batteries.

But when this thing is finished...

Everything will be put into a microchip,

which will be built into this thing here.

Then you'll hear as well as a cat.

l'm going to call it "Cat-Ear".

- Actually, "Bat-Ear" would be better...

- l would like that too.

Talking about "Bat-Ear", l've got

something for you. And in fact, it works.

Press here and it lights up.

Look at the red light.

There are two little microphones.

And then this...

Now you can hear like a bat.

Come to the window.

lt's great, isn't it?

"l wouldn't do that Olga. Soon

he'll be telling you what to do."

- Vitus, hurry up and get dressed!

- Actually, l'll need that back..

- When's your appointment?

- Not till the afternoon.

- Damn, l can't find my transparencies.

- Does this have to happen now?

- lt's a paradox!

- No. lt's typical...

Dad, what does "paradox'' mean?

''Paradox" means...

- l'll tell you later.

- But l want to know now.

- 2 minutes.

- OK, 2 minutes.

Just a quick question. Could l

work 70 percent instead of 30?

- OK, but what about Vitus?

- We have a very expensive child.

We have a babysitter now,

the daughter of our gem.

Monti's daughter?


No wonder a lot of people would

rather do without a hearing aid...

...and give up some quality of life instead

of carrying a snail-shell behind their ears.

You know that we generate 90 percent

of our turnover with these "snails".

l know that, but if Phonaxis

wants to become a global player...

Young people should wear our

hearing aids as fashion items then?

Maybe in fluorescent colours?

Yes, that's exactly what l think.

We have to beat the competition,

which isn't sleeping either...

...with highly intelligent and

pretty hearing computers.

That means:
Don't hide your

hearing aid, but show it off.

And present it like jewellery.

On the table you can see my prototypes:

The "Cat-Ear" and the "Bat-Ear".

The design might need a few changes,

but this is all about the idea, isn't it?

Sounds like you want to

lead the project yourself.

That's exactly what l think.

- Why should l believe in you?

- You even dropped out of university!

Because otherwise, l'll go to the competition.

- Thanks for the presentation.

- You'll be hearing from us.

The other day he read about

global warming to the children.

He told them they would all die.

The children started to cry.

And then l get phone calls

from the parents...

Why don't you get Vitus to read "The Wolf

and the Seven Little Kids" to them?

Actually, that's my job.

Vitus should be at school.

Not kindergarten.

And besides, he's very cheeky.

lnstead of Mrs. Pfenninger,

he calls me "Obelix".

But that's a compliment. He loves Obelix.

l'll take him with me.

Vitus. Come on, let's go.

- Bye Obelix.

- Bye.

- l'll think about your problem.

Eat it before it goes all soggy.

- l love you.

- l know. Don't wipe off the lipstick... that people can see you're taken.

- Bye, Vitus.

- Bye.

- See you in the foyer at 7.30.

- You don't have to go to kindergarten anymore.

- Cool.

Whilst l'm at work, a babysitter

will come look after you.

- But l'm not a baby.

- Then just call her a girlfriend.

lsabel is coming tonight.

We're going to a concert, OK?

l have to practise tonight.

You can practise all day.

- Can l?

- Of course.

Nobody has ever reached the

top as fast as you have.

- Hello, Mrs. von Holzen.

- Call me Helen. Please come in.

Vitus has a shower every evening.

So now you know where to find everything.

And once again, never disturb

Vitus while he's practising, OK?

Take care. Bye Vitus!

- Vitus?

- l'm reading.

- Can l come in?

- Be quiet. l want to read.

Did you know that it was

me who made the bat?

l gave it to you for your first birthday.

lt's called Abraham.

That's a beautiful name.

Oh my God, it's so big.

Do you mind if we pick some flowers?

lt's alright my little darling.

l just need to pick some flowers.

See? You just have to ask politely.

Why are you picking flowers for my mother?

Because she reminds me of your grandmother.

Can you show me a photo of her?

She was too beautiful for a photo.

Oh no, we've just missed the train.

We'll take the next one.

The walls freshly painted.

New furniture...

Have you suddenly become rich?

What do you mean by rich?

Would you like to wear one of my suits?

lf l'm not good enough for your dinner

party feel free to cancel the invitation.

- You've brought some lovely flowers.

- Yes, they're from a very special shop.

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