Theo and the Metamorphosis

« THEO AND THE METAMORPHOSIS follows this unclassifiable path with a proposal in which a certain naturalism is intertwined with the eccentricity of the story itself, and with the high levels of surrealism that escalate as the film progresses. »
Seville European Film Festival


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