The specter of innocence

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Friday, April 26th, 8:00 PM

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.”


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.




Mathis Tayssier


Mathis Tayssier


Mathis Tayssier

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“Specter” is something widely feared as a possible unpleasant or dangerous occurrence. Or it’s like a ghost, something that haunts or troubles the mind.
And “innocence” is widely considered to be a somewhat precarious youthful state that one must navigate gingerly in order to maintain the right balance and to move forward.

The intersection of specter and innocence is exactly this story. In this short, what came first to the writer, theme or character? The process certainly is something that writers do not always reveal to the public. Sometimes it’s fun when they keep much of their process a secret, because it allows the viewers to speculate. And speculating can be fascinating and invigorating.

At 22 years old, Mathis Tayssier – the French writer/director of this suspenseful and entertaining short story- has something in common with the likes of Christopher Nolan, James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino.
They’re all self taught filmmakers.

Certainly and needless to say, we never want to confuse or mix in the undercurrents of ‘amateur’ with self-taught. And it’s definitely not the case here.

This movie is really well done. It looks great. It sounds great. It moves. You’ll move with it. The subtitles flow with the French accents. The story unravels and allows us as viewers to anticipate and guess what’s coming up next. It unfolds with expertise and intrigue. It’s fun. It’ll keep your interest.

This is a very exciting beginning for young Frenchman Mathis Tayssier.
Tres bon!

Jean Sulli

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