The TV movie “Death is in the meadow” with Fred Testot and Myriam Bourguignon broadcast on France 3 is to (re) see on Salto. Various very topical subjects are discussed such as the animal cause, activism and domestic violence. Was the director Olivier Langlois inspired by a real news item?
Death is in the meadow : a tragic story
The unreleased TV movie Death is in the meadow, worn by Fred Testot, was broadcast on France 3 and brought together more than 4.1 million viewers. This represents 19.2% of audience share of the general public according to Médiamétrie. Fiction therefore places itself in the position of leader in front of the Koh-Lanta show. Death is in the meadow deals with various very topical subjects. Indeed, the investigation begins when the corpse of a man is found in a meat slaughtering and packaging company. He wears a bovine label around his neck which reads “Can they suffer?”. This deceased man is part of a division specializing in veterinary surveillance.
So there is a real question that is raised, that of the animal condition. Are the animals slaughtered correctly? Is there a real monitoring of hygiene standards and respect for animals? The TV movie therefore highlights a place that we very rarely see in TV dramas. It shows here the reality on the ground and illustrates the interior of the premises of a slaughterhouse, which marked the actor Fred Testot:
It’s up to everyone to make their own opinion, but I think everyone agrees that we must respect animals. The scenes in the cold room in the middle of the carcasses were quite impressive and contributed to the weird atmosphere of the shoot.
Is it inspired by real events?
Director Olivier Langlois was actually inspired by a book and not bya real news item. Indeed, he drew all his ideas from the novel The plague be meat eaters by Frédéric Paulin. He therefore takes on the character of Etienne Barzac who works at the IGPN. This committed and original thriller also addresses theecology but also the subject of domestic violence. Fred Testot expresses himself on this subject in West France :
It is important to continue to talk about intra-family violence in order to free up the floor. Fiction is a kind of messenger that brings dramatic facts to light. Afterwards, it is to be hoped that there are more means making it possible to call for help more easily to avoid tragedies. This is what interested me in this project.
The author leads us to the edge of an abyss, that of our world where lives and economic issues. The subjects treated here are still current, many controversies are emerging and very virulent associations are also trying to react. TV movie Death is in the meadow is still available on the Salto platform.