Théo et les métamorphoses

Theo and the Metamorphosis
In a remote house in the forest, Théo, a young man with Down’s syndrome, lives in seclusion with his father who is a photographer. The two get along in their daily lives without much talk. Théo loves nature and draws a lot. Every day he spends time training his body, his balance, his reflexes and his inner strength because he wants to be a samurai. When his father goes away for a few days for an exhibition, Théo decides to start a new life.
Damien Odoul shows us the world from Théo’s perspective, in dreamlike surreal compositions. Constantly accompanied by his inner voice, Théo’s thoughts and emotions are brought to life in a dynamic, ever-changing visual language. The protagonist’s connection to nature, to other people, his identity and his desires unfold in a flood of impressions and experiences, and the days alone in the forest become a journey of self-discovery and self-determination.
by Damien Odoul
with Théo Kermel, Pierre Meunier, Ayumi Roux, Louise Morin, Élia Sulem, Sonia Gondry, Vanda Tilseein, Olaf Oldinski, Ethan Dabo
France 2021 French 96’ Colour

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


  • Théo Kermel (TO/Théo)
  • Pierre Meunier (His Father)
  • Ayumi Roux (The Ninja)
  • Louise Morin (The Empress)
  • Élia Sulem (His Other Half)
  • Sonia Gondry (His Mother)
  • Vanda Tilseein (His Sister)
  • Olaf Oldinski (The Stranger)
  • Ethan Dabo (The Child of the Cave)


Written and Directed by Damien Odoul
Cinematography Damien Odoul, Sylvain Rodriguez
Montage Anne Destival
Sound Frédéric Dabo
Production Design Sébastien Chauvet
Casting Bahija El Amrani
Assistant Director Anne Destival
Production Manager Mélanie Dieter
Producer Alexandre Perrier
Co-Producers Brahim Chioua, Vincent Roget, Giorgio D’imperio, Dan Wechsler, Didier Diaz, Bernard Campan
Co-Production Wild Bunch Paris
Same Player Paris
Freestudios Genf
Bord Cadre Genf
ABS Productions Paris

Damien Odoul

A film director since 1988, he made his debut feature film, Morasseix, when he was just 24 and has so far directed nine features, nine shorts and four documentaries. His second feature, Deep Breath, won the Cinema of the Present – Special Jury Award and a FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice International Film Festival. His films have met with success at festivals including Cannes, Toronto and Locarno and have won many awards. Since 2004, he has also been a poet. In 2017, he published “Résurrection permanente d’un cinéaste amoureux”, an illustrated art book about his work as a filmmaker.


1992 Morasseix 2001 Le souffle (Deep Breath) 2002 Errance (Wandering) 2003 En attendant le déluge (In Waiting for the Flood) 2006 L’histoire de Richard O. (The Story of Richard O.) 2011 Le reste du monde (The Rest of the World) 2012 La richesse du loup (Rich is the Wolf) 2014 La peur (The Fear) 2021 Théo et les métamorphoses (Theo and The Metamorphosis)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021