Netflix releases a documentary series on the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case

Netflix releases a series on the case of Sophie Toscan du Plantier

Date 01 July 2021
The documentary looks back at an unsolved murder in Ireland in 1996

It has just been released. Netflix, the famous VOD platform has just released a brand new documentary of its own design: a series dedicated to the unsolved murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. The opportunity for the company to return on the famous murder that took place in 1996 in West Cork. The victim, Sophie Toscan du Plantier, was a well-known French film producer in her country. Her cruel and violent murder shocked France and Ireland. Still unsolved, the case is one of the most striking cold cases of recent decades.

When Netflix reopens the Du Plantier file…

… and delivers chilling conclusions.

It is not the first time that Netflix tries to do the cold case exercise. The latter has already released many documentaries, devoted to unsolved murders (such as the Affair of little Gregory in France), even managing in some cases to re-launch the investigation.

It seemed obvious to them to tackle another unsolved case: that of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. As a reminder, this French woman, having decided to live in West Cork, was found brutally murdered on Christmas Eve 1996 at her home. Her murder had created a stir in France, the young woman working in the film production industry.

From then on, Netflix will work to retrace the facts, multiplying testimonies, collecting evidence, and relying on police and court files.

We learn step by step who Sophie Toscan du Plantier was: a socialite woman, a film producer in France, who loved nature and Ireland. Of a very independent temperament, she likes solitude and simplicity.

Also, she sometimes likes to retire to her Irish sheepfold, located in West Cork facing the sea. Unfortunately, on the evening before Christmas Eve 1996, someone knocks on her door… and beats her to death.

The floor is then given to Ian Bailey: the main suspect in the case, who was convicted in France but not extradited by Ireland for Sophie’s murder.

The tension then rises a notch. The documentary takes on a hallucinatory quality. Ian Bailey seems to appreciate this over-mediatization and testifies with aplomb in front of the cameras. He knows that the French justice system cannot do anything against him: he seems to be protected by the Irish judicial system.

The documentary, fascinating, unveils the different tracks of the case. It reveals the unpreparedness of the Irish police in the face of this crime (the scene of the murder was ransacked, destroying hypothetical evidence that could have accelerated the resolution of the case), and denounces the meanders of a complex and apathetic judicial system…

In short: the Netflix documentary consists of 3 episodes ranging from 50 minutes to 1 hour. Very quickly, we are literally caught up in the story. Addictive and captivating, the series quickly takes on the appearance of a black novel, where the main suspect testifies in all decomplexion, while the police, the justice system and the relatives seem disarmed in front of such a perverse case.


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