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 at the age of five. No wonder his parents begin to anticipate a brilliant future for him.
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What appears to be a cheesy TV movie about wunderkind precocity acquires a new quality after a fascinating plot turn halfway through. The story from there, and Bruno Ganz's interactions with his grandson, make this truly worthwile. That's saying something. For the dubbing is unbelievably bad, the image quality is poor, a lot of the acting isn't strong, and some goodwill is required to ignore the plot holes.