Sophie: A Murder in West Cork
When I watch a true crime documentary or docuseries, I hope that I will at least see justice prevail for the victim(s) and families of the crime committed. That is what makes the latest Netflix entry in this genre I watched, ‘Sophie: A Murder in West Cork’, a hard one. The story is about Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French TV producer who went to stay at a remote house in Ireland over the Christmas holidays. Just a couple of days before Christmas she was found murdered down the road from the home, leaving behind her husband, famous French filmmaker Daniel Toscan du Plantier, and a son, Pierre-Louis, from a previous husband. Her entire family and friends were devastated naturally, along with the entire community, as they rarely have such crimes happen. The biggest news to the town is when a foreigner or new person moves in. Eventually rumours begin to arise about possible lovers or friends of Sophie as she was in the process at one point of leaving her husband. However, all that turned out to be false as the investigation continued. Finally a break came into the case when a woman reported seeing a man on a bridge the same evening of the murder and the man was identified as Ian Bailey, an English news journalist who moved to Ireland to write poetry and live a quiet life.
The story takes a turn into focusing on Bailey and how he became a suspect and lives his life today. He is interviewed multiple times but constantly declares his innocence throughout the series. There is more to the story but I don’t want to give anything else away but will say it is not the outcome I expected.
This is a very well done documentary but it is a hard one to watch based on the outcome. Hopefully justice will prevail in the end.