The Spector of Innocence

Directed by Mathis Tayssier

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The Specter of Innocence

Directed by Mathis Tayssier
Narrative Short
France| 14 min | 2023

Suddenly brought down in a fight he’s supposed to lose for money, Vincent, a corrupt boxer, wakes up in the labyrinth of his memories. If he wants to wake up before being K.O, he will have to trace back the thread of his life to find the “source.”

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The idea of morality has always fascinated me. Having been born in Colombia, raised in Qatar and now living in New York, I’ve been able to live through different social values and cultures, yet morality is something that almost always seems to remain subjective to the individual.
I came up with this story because I was trying to learn more about this topic. I wanted to know if people were born with this desire, or if one day they just chose that they wanted this. I couldn’t wrap my head around why someone would possibly want this.
As I dove deeper into my research, I started to realize that this was also a question about mental health. What could someone do if they felt this way? Which then made me think: What would I do if one my my friends told me something like this? What is the “right” thing to do? Especially when they haven’t done anything. I found myself asking my friends what they would do, soon realizing everyone had a very strong and very different opinion.
I aimed to turn that question into a film. To make a movie that forced people to question their moral compass. To ask themselves the question I had asked myself and asked my friends. “What would you do?” To me, a great film is a film that makes you question what you already know. It opens your eyes and shows you a different perspective on something you thought you understood. My goal for this film is to do just that; to linger in the audiences head long after the credits roll.

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The Specter of Innocence - Mathis TayssierMathis Tayssier

Mathis Tayssier is a 22-year-old self-taught French filmmaker. Without attending film school, he embarked on the writing and production of his own short films in 2021. To date, he has written and directed two short films and is currently striving to get his first feature film produced, having just completed the script.

Film Information

Director: Mathis Tayssier
Country:  France
Year: 2023
Language: French
Runtime: 14 min
Rated:  PG-13


Writer: Mathis Tayssier
Producer:  Mathis Tayssier

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