Theo and the Metamorphosis

« At the same time documentary, fiction and cinematographic poem, the film oscillates between reality and Theo’s inner world. This young man with Down’s syndrome takes us into his dreamlike and extravagant universe. »


Theo, a 27-year-old with Down’s syndrome, lives with his father in a workshop in the middle of an isolated forest. They share daily life, understanding each other without the need to talk, but one day, the father goes away on a trip, leaving his son alone with his visions. Theo decides to start a new life. 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.

Festivals & Awards

  • 71st Berlinale: Panorama, 2021
  • 43rd Moscow International Film Festival: Euphoria of isolation, 2021
  • FUNICAM 11: Atlas, 2021
  • 21st New Horizons International Film Festival: Grand Prix, 2021



  • 2021: Theo and the Metamorphosis
  • 2014: The Fear
  • 2012: Rich is the Wolf (Documentary)
  • 2011: The rest of the world
  • 2009: La Folle Parade (Documentary)
  • 2006: The Story of Richard O.
  • 2003: Wainting for the Flood
  • 2002: Wandering
  • 2000: Deep Breath
  • 1992: Morasseix


Théo Kermel, Pierre Meunier, Louise Morin, Ayumi Roux, Élia Sulem


Script: Damien Odoul
Cinematography: Damien Odoul
Editing: Anne Destival
Sound design: Frédéric Dabo
Production: Kidam (FR)
Co-production: Wild Bunch (FR), Same Player (FR), Freestudios (CH), Bord Cadre films (CH), ABS Productions (FR), Transpalux (FR)

Technical data

Format: DCP / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 96′
Released: 2021
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Original title: Théo et les métamorphoses