Petite nature

Samuel Theis

Talents France 93 min Spanish premiere Fiction


Ten-year-old Johnny stands out from his family and his tough neighborhood in Eastern France. He’s sensitive, intelligent and interested in all kinds of things way beyond his years. With curiosity, he observes the ups and downs of his young single mother’s turbulent love life. Things change when a new teacher, fresh from the big city, takes over Johnny’s class. Mr. Adamski believes in Johnny and wants to open a new world to him. And the sophisticated young teacher also intrigues the boy.

Presented by the director


FriendshipLoveFrench CinemaComing-of-ageChildhoodLGTBIReligionSocial Issues


Samuel Theis

Actor and director. After the success of Party Girl (Cannes 2014 – Caméra d’Or, Prix d’Ensemble Un Certain Regard), Samuel Theis delves into the sentimental education of a young working-class boy.

Filmography: Petite nature (2021, D'A 2022), Mil noches, una boda (codirected, 2014), Forbach (short, codirected, 2008)

Samuel Theis

Film information

Original Title: Softie
Director: Samuel Theis
Script: Samuel Theis
Contact: Totem Films
With: Aliocha Reinert, Antoine Reinartz, Izïa Higelin
Country: France
Year: 2021
Format: DCP
Length: 93 min
Language: French
Subtitles: English, Catalan
Edition: 2022


Golden Alexander for Best Film
Best Actor


Petite nature