Mathilda’s titular character, a high schooler in today’s world, has a chronically ill, depressed mother and is often bullied at school. After a moment of crisis, Mathilda wakes up to find that she has a gift. She is about to discover what is hidden behind the violence and anger of her everyday life.

  • Axel Bouthé
  • Axel Bouthé
  • Djilali Hadi
  • Estelle Lescure
    Key Cast
    Un amour impossible
  • Love Bowman
    Key Cast
  • Manon Tissier
    Key Cast
  • Karl Pouillot
    1st Assistant Director
  • Jeremy de Lathouwer
    2nd Assistant Director
  • Margot Archimbaud
    Script Supervisor
  • Juliette Massip
  • Fanny Pauly
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Sören Philippo
    Camera Operator
  • François Valérian
  • Alice Okada
  • Julien Marchadier
    Sound Engineer
  • Vincent Girardon
    Boom Operator
  • Aude Ambre Kucab
    Production Designer and Costume Designer
  • Emilien Foully
  • Laurelenn Bernard
    Make-up Artist
  • Léo Pajot
  • Marie Bourdin
  • Imran Raja
    Editor and VFX Supervisor
  • Félix Perez
    Sound Mixer
  • Alexis Schmidt (KYLI)
    Original Soundtrack
  • Axel Bouthé
  • Claude Bouthé
    Concept Artist
  • Shelby Cane
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    Drama, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 21, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,964 EUR
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  • Festival Moteur Demandé
    May 4, 2019
    International Premiere
    Public's Honorable Mention
  • Lift-Off Sessions September 2019

  • Lift-Off Sessions 2019/20
    Pinewood Studios
    United Kingdom
    December 22, 2019
    International Premiere
    Winner of Lift-Off Sessions September 2019
  • Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    August 30, 2020
    Winner of Lift-Off Sessions September 2019
Director Biography - Axel Bouthé

I have always been a great lover of film and photography. As a child, I filmed everything around me with the camera my father bought me; I even made short stop-motion films with Legos. I wanted to recreate what I had seen in the films I had loved as a child. In particular, Amblin Entertainment films such as E.T. and Jurassic Park. My childhood attraction to audiovisual has bloomed into a full-fledged passion and career.
I pursued my interests through audiovisual production courses and student projects during a two-year Multimedia Studies diploma program in Limoges (my hometown in France). Then, as the vice president of the cinema club LIMAGES, I co-wrote and directed two short films, La Montre (The Watch) and Lux (Light).
I continued my audiovisual studies with a professional degree in Digital Audiovisual Web Convergence in Saint-Brieuc. At the beginning of my second semester, I worked with a group of students to direct a remake of a scene from the series Stranger Things. I participated as a director, cinematographer, and colorist.
More recently, I wrote and directed the first episode of the web series Anomalies with the collective Frozen Production (of which I am a co-creator). The episode is titled "Plip Plop".

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Director Statement

Violence can take many different forms, and can lead individuals to fall into depression and self-harming behaviors. With this film, I wanted to portray my belief that communicating about painful experiences and thoughts can increase empathy and uncover a path to recovery.