Petite Nature

62nd TIFF: Greek Premiere

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. In a hard world, it takes true courage to be soft.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Samuel Theis
Script: Samuel Theis
Cinematography: Jacques Girault
Editing: Nicolas Desmaison, Esther Lowe
Sound: François Abdelnour, Fanny Martin
Music: Ulysse Klotz
Actors: Aliocha Reinert, Antoine Reinartz, Mélissa Olexa, Izïa Higelin
Production: Avenue B Productions
Producers: Caroline Bonmarchand
Co-production: France 3 Cinéma
Costumes: Rachèle Raoult
Production Design: Mila Preli
Make Up: Marine Tesson
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: France
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 93'
Contact: Totem Films

Samuel Theis

Samuel Theis (1978) is a French actor, film director, and screenwriter. He was awarded the Camera d’Or prize along with Claire Burger and Marie Amachoukeli for directing the film Party Girl at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.


2008 Forbach (co-direction, short)
2014 Party Girl (co-direction)
2021 Softie