Fred Testot slips into the shoes of an IGPN policeman in Olivier Langlois’ telefilm “La Mort est dans le pré” on France 3. This new detective fiction raises serious current questions, between animal welfare , activism and domestic violence.
Death is in the meadow : what does it talk about ?
TV movie Death is in the meadow broadcast on France 3 is signed Olivier Langlois (Alex Hugo). The first role is given to Fred Testot, who plays the rather silent commander, Etienne Barjac. He will be faced with a case like no other. This time, he works in a slaughterhouse and faces a very surprisingly staged murder. The TV movie is adapted from the novel released in 2017 The plague be meat eaters by Frédéric Paulin. Several subjects are therefore highlighted. The first is that of the animal cause. We will also see strong societal themes such as domestic violence.
The scenario of the fiction is as follows: In a company specializing in the slaughter and the packaging of meat from the Manosque region, the body of a man is discovered, a tag on his neck asking the question “Can they suffer”? The first suspicions relate to an association for the defense of the animal condition, who was taking action against this company. Samira Masson, in charge of the investigation, learns that the victim is a police officer belonging to a veterinary surveillance service, who was infiltrating the facility. An IGPN commander, Etienne Barjac, then came to assist Samira in her investigation.
Important topics for Fred Testot
In this detective fiction, we find Myriam Bourguignon, Grégoire Colin, Thierry Frémont, Camille Aguilard and Vincent Deniard among others. Recently seen in Intractable where he interpreted a winegrower in distress, Fred Testot is back in a serious role, a far cry from his character in The influence. He plays here a mysterious policeman, ready to do anything to disentangle the true from the false. The actor was also seduced by the various current topics featured in the TV movie. He opens up in an interview relayed by South Info :
The fact that there are several stories in history, we address the animal cause, of course, but also domestic violence, a subject unfortunately still relevant. And then there is my character, a somewhat silent policeman who has a heavy past.