Albertine in five times
As Albertine calmly awaits her “second death,” she is visited by the women she used to be. With the help of her sister Madeleine, at once her confidante and rival, the five Albertines exchange their experiences and memories, and recall their suffering, their heartbreaks, and their brief moments of happiness. Seventy-year-old Albertine’s serene reflection finally allows her to free herself from the rage, shame, and guilt that broke her life; she makes peace with the lost Albertines — engulfed in anger at 30, in bitterness at 40, finding renewal at 50, and in despair at 60.
Michel Tremblay shows us the true face of Albertine, this complex character from the Chroniques du Plateau-Mont-Royal, as he touches on themes present in all his work, such as the weight of social constraints and family. It is, however, the dreamlike and yet invaluable dialogue between the different Albertines that elevates this script to the outstanding.
Albertine à 70 ans (À Albertine à 30 ans) : On dépend toutes de toi… Essaye… de discuter avec Thérèse… pis de comprendre Marcel… Quand y seront pus là, y va être trop tard