Ten-year-old Johnny stands out from his family and his tough neighbourhood 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.

Screenplay: Samuel Theis

Cinematography: Jacques Girault

Editing: Nicolas Desmaison, Esther Lowe

Cast: Aliocha Reinert, Antoine Reinartz, Melissa Olexa, Izïa Higelin

Producer: Caroline Bonmarchand

Production: Avenue B Productions, France 3 Cinéma

Samuel Theis

Born in 1978, and studied drama at the National School Of Arts And Techniques Du Théatre, then he joined the screenplay workshop at La Fémis, before co-directing his first film, “Party Girl”. 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 in his second feature “Softie”.

MENA Premiere


Fiction, 2021, Color, 93 min

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Samuel Theis