The most infamous French murder case of the 1930s is investigated in this documentary, which attempts to separate fact from supposition in the story of Christine and Lea Papin, a pair of sisters who, while working as maids, killed their employer and her daughter, and then tore out the eyes of both victims. Director Claude Ventura visits the city where the Papin sisters grew up, as well as the home of the Lancelin family, where the murders took place. While the Papin sisters never explained what prompted their terrible crime, the filmmakers look into several theories about what led to the killings -- including allegations that Mme. Lancelin was a student of the occult who wanted to draw the Papins into her activities, and the possibility that Lancelin had become involved in a scandal involving powerful figures in local politics, of which the Papins had become aware. The film also features information from the records of the criminal investigation and trial of the Papins, as well as an interview with neighbors of the surviving Lea Papin. En Quete Des Soeurs Papin was produced by Michele Petin and Laurent Petin as a companion piece to Les Blessures Assassines, a dramatic feature based on the Papin sisters' killings that was also produced by the Petins and released the same year.
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