Updated: Nov 23
(available on Netflix in the original French)
WARNING: Crime against a child FTC Rating: 4 out of 5
A family is torn apart by accusations and jealousy, a justice system fails, and all the while the media profits from the tragedy. This five-episode docuseries explores the 1984 case of little Grégory Villemin and the shocking events that follow his death. A fascinating look inside what made the story headline news and France's lingering obsession with the child’s grieving mother.
Strengths: -Original recordings of calls from the infamous “corbeau” -Contains a plethora of old photos and news footage which clearly illustrate the predatory tactics of the journalists and photographers. -Analysis of the French media’s fascination with this case -Explores various branches of the family and the relationship dynamics at play -Interesting insight into French civil law and the judge’s role in proceedings
Weakness: -the detail is fantastic but as a result, the docuseries can be slow a times