Netflix’s Vortex: All Shooting Locations of the French Movie

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Created by Camille Couasse and Sarah Farkas, Netflix’s ‘Vortex’ is a French fantasy crime series that chronicles the life of a police captain named Ludovic, who uses the latest VR technology to immerse himself in the crime scene of a drowned woman on a beach. While doing so, he envisions his former lover and the mother of his daughter Juliette, Mélanie, who died on the same beach 27 years ago. Thanks to the new technology, he can connect and communicate with her. Soon, Ludovic finds out that there is a connection between Mélanie’s death and the drowned woman’s death on the beach, which kicks off an investigation in two different eras as he tries to get to the bottom of the truth.

On the one hand, Ludovic wants to save Mélanie from getting killed, but on the other hand, changing the past threatens to change his present, which revolves around his new wife, Parvana, and their son, Sam. Starring Tomer Sisley, Camille Claris, Zineb Triki, Éric Pucheu, and Sandrine Salyères, the crime drama show unfolds in two different eras as the protagonist goes back and forth against significantly different backdrops, which is enough to spark questions about the actual filming sites of ‘Vortex’ in the viewers’ minds.

Vortex: Where Was it Filmed?

‘Vortex’ is filmed in France, especially in Finistère and Île-de-France. As per reports, principal photography for the inaugural iteration of the fantasy show commenced in August 2021 and wrapped up in early December of the same year. Now, without much ado, let’s follow Ludovic as he travels from one era to another to find the killer responsible for his lover’s murder and learn all about the specific locations that appear in the Netflix series!

Finistère, France

Since most of ‘Vortex’ is set in Brest, the production team sets up camp on location and shoots a significant chunk of the series in and around Brest, which is in France’s Finistère department. For instance, several pivotal portions of the crime series are lensed in Centre Sportif de la Cavale Blanche at Av. de la Libération and around Place Guérin, both in the city of Brest. Moreover, the Recouvrance Bridge features in the backdrop of a few scenes.

During the filming schedule of the debut season, the cast and crew members of ‘Vortex’ were spotted taping a few key scenes in and around Les Quatre Vents at 18 Quai de la Douane and Hôpital Morvan at 2 Av. Maréchal Foch, both in Brest. In addition, a private house in the commune of Landunvez and Beach de Corsen in the commune of Plouarzel are another couple of locations that feature in the crime drama series.

Île-de-France, France

To shoot some additional portions for ‘Vortex,’ the filming unit travels to the French region of Île-de-France. Paris, the region’s center and the capital of France, hosts the production of the Tomer Sisley starrer as the cast and crew utilize different sites of the City of Light. For instance, they set up camp in the commune of Épinay-sur-Seine, situated in the northern suburbs of Paris, to record various pivotal sequences for the series. The region’s locales have also been featured in other film and TV projects, such as ‘Léon: The Professional,’ ‘Irreversible,’ ‘Now You See Me,’ and ‘The Diplomat.’

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