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Death in the Soul (2018)

La mort dans l'âme (original title)
Marc Lagnier confesses to the murder of his adored son, but refuses to explain.


Xavier Durringer


Marie-Anne Le Pezennec (original idea), Marie-Anne Le Pezennec (story) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Becker ... Tristan Delmas
Isabelle Renauld ... Valérie Lagnier
Flore Bonaventura Flore Bonaventura ... Pauline Lagnier
Slimane Yefsah Slimane Yefsah ... Slim
Benjamin Voisin Benjamin Voisin ... Alex Lagnier
Patrick Le Mauff Patrick Le Mauff ... Paul Decaux
Elisabeth Macocco ... Hélène Decaux
Jules Durringer Jules Durringer ... Fred Collot
Vincent Jouan Vincent Jouan ... César
Laurent Olmedo Laurent Olmedo ... Le bâtonnier
Béatrice de Staël Béatrice de Staël ... La Prof
Alicia Hava ... Charlotte
Jérôme Keen Jérôme Keen ... Le Juge Faidherbe
Mariama Gueye Mariama Gueye ... Dana
Eugénie Derouand ... Journaliste TV


Marc Lagnier confesses to the murder of his adored son, but refuses to explain. He's guilty and that's that: no need to look any further for a culprit. Tristan Delmas, an ambitious young lawyer, is appointed to defend Marc against the latter's will. Seeking the truth, Tristan looks into the Lagnier family, revealing dark zones and things unspoken. He also realizes his investigation keeps crossing a police search for the murderer of young women. Is Marc this murderer? Did he kill his son to silence him? Did his wife know? Privy to an unspeakable secret, Tristan will not escape the Lagnier case unharmed. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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A hideous crime, an even worse truth.


Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

31 January 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Death in the Soul See more »


Box Office


EUR1,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Was initially expected to be broadcast at some point in 2017, with a DVD release date planned later on November 22nd of that year. When the television premiere was instead set to early 2018, the DVD release was delayed to a month later. See more »

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23 December 2018 | by wim-vorsterSee all my reviews

This quietly tense French made for TV movie has been rated by a small number of viewers and currently the average is 6.8 which is way too low. When a reviewer recounts the story or plot, it displays little insight. The latter is indeed a strong element in the movie: insight into characters, situations and the effect of the death of a teenage son on everyone who has known him. Lawyer Tristan Delmas (Hugo Becker) is saddled with the task of defending Marc Lagnier (Didier Bourdon) who has confessed to murdering his son. Unraveling the relationship between him and his wife Valérie Bourdon (Isabelle Renauld) and both of their raltionships with their son Alex is more than daunting. It is 'n fact a stone wall. Into the picture walks Alex's half sister Pauline (Flore Bonaventura) - who'd been at school with Tristan - to complicate the situation even more, because she firmly believes in her stepfather's innocene. Add to this Tristan close friend, a policeman, who is more of an obstacle than assistance. Although Tristan accepts Marc's confession, he needs to expose the motive in order to defend him in court. There are no fanfares in the film. No major special effects. It's not a recipe Hollywood whodunnit. It's a thorough psychological study. Whereas the death of Alex is real, it's simultaneously a metaphor for the ills in society, the delicacy of love and relationships and a springboard for psychological examination and investigation. The real suspense lies in the characters' interaction with each other. Imdb indicates the translated title as The Death in a Soul. The version that was broadcast by TV5Monde here in South Africa carries the title A Soul in Torment. Both are quite apt. The acting is sincere, the dialogue fluent and believable and Tristan's own plight as human being who had sworn an oath is quite captivating. If viewers are interested in suspense stories with more flesh and soul than just tension and moments of shock or horror, they should watch this. Highly enjoyable and thought-provoking

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