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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Focuses on a murder and the worst of human nature.
Positive Role Models
Documentary gives quite a bit of air time to the convicted murderer.
Violence & Scariness
Sophie's murder is described in graphic detail, but there is no on-screen violence or visuals of the body. Creepiness and suspense as the murder is investigated. Family talks about devastating emotions after her death, including her then teenaged son who was left without a mother.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief verbal mentions of sex being a potential motive in Sophie's death; investigations found no evidence indicating a sexual crime.
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Very occasional mild language (e.g., "oh my God").
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette and pipe smoking, occasional verbal references to drinking to excess and drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sophie: A Murder in West Cork is a true crime documentary about the murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996. Though the murder is described in graphic detail, there are no corresponding images or dramatizations other than pictures of blood at the crime scene. Suspense and creepiness are ever-present as the documentary traces the circumstances of her murder and tries to identify the perpetrator. Sophie's death left her teenaged son without a parent, and her close-knit family talks about her death's devastating consequences. Sex is mentioned as a potential motive for the crime, but investigators rule it out as a factor. Documentary subjects smoke tobacco on screen, and drugs and drinking to excess are mentioned.
Is It Any Good?
True crime fans may find some aspects of this documentary compelling, but it's fairly boring compared to standouts in the genre (like Making a Murderer or Wild Wild Country). Sophie: A Murder in County Cork is excellent at building suspense with dramatizations of Sophie's supernatural premonitions, creepy music, and moody shots of the misty County Cork setting. Once it's revealed that the prime suspect is journalist Ian Bailey, the documentary's interviews with Bailey himself are downright unnerving. Otherwise, the documentary moves slowly and doesn't offer many insights into larger themes beyond the murder mystery.
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