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Did I want to watch the Canadian radio mini-series dedicated to the childhood of the writer Gabrielle Roy? Zero and a bar.

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Manitoba-Quebec regional co-production, low budget for a period series and abuse of melancholy violins, all the elements converged towards a cathode disaster of the type At the valdraga (Ugh!). I also spent my shift when the ARTV channel aired the eight half-hour episodes of the The world of Gabrielle Roy. No thank you.


Martine Francke inside The world of Gabrielle Roy

When at the end of June (Monday at 7:30 pm) Radio-Canada rescheduled work, I listened and opened my eyes. Especially since The world of Gabrielle Roy she had won two major nominations ahead of the September Gemini gala: best actress (Martine Francke) and best director (Renée Blanchar).

Verdict? He is friendly, touching and charming, not at all cheesy. Really, my prejudices clouded my judgment, sorry. This slow and poetic series is reminiscent of the television adaptations of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novels, including Anne … the house with the green gables.

The free section of offers the first two episodes of The world of Gabrielle Roy. The third passes on Monday evening and the complete collection can be consulted on the Extra by

Camped between 1919 and 1929, The world of Gabrielle Roy comes in eight childhood memories of the famous writer who will build her literary universe and fuel her creative obsessions. Through the sparkling eyes of 10-year-old Gabrielle Roy (Léa-Kim Lafrance-Leroux), viewers are immersed in the movement for the emancipation of Manitoba women, in the struggle to keep the French out of Quebec. , the exile and oppression of French speakers, the social class struggle and the desire to escape from a future star of international literature.


Martine Francke and Léa-Kim Lafrance-Leroux a The world of Gabrielle Roy

No, you will not witness the creation of Second-hand happiness. The world of Gabrielle Roy ends up in the midst of an economic crisis when the heroine (now played by Romane Denis) is 20 and continues her studies to become a teacher. In almost 95% of the scenes in the miniseries, we follow Gabrielle, 10, a curious, dreamer and nosy girl, as well as her older sisters Bernadette, Alicia and Clémence.

The character of Gabrielle Roy’s mother, Mélina Landry (the excellent Martine Francke) stands out clearly. It is she who encourages her daughter Gabrielle to “be part of the big world”. A world of sumptuous balls, silk gloves and shopping at Eaton’s that Mélina has never entered.

This pious, intense, proud and protective woman is the heart of the family home on Deschambault Street, Saint-Boniface. Sarta, Mélina is torn between religious traditions and the wind of modernity that blows across the prairies.

Her husband, Léon Roy (Gaston Lepage), fits more with the stereotype of the man of his time. Both gruff and sensitive, he worked extensively as a colonization agent for the federal government before losing his job. It is Léon who encourages her daughters to receive an education, a precious tool to get out of poverty.

The world of Gabrielle Roy contains some sources of irritation, including the omnipresent music that sometimes ruins the mood. Nor is it a so-called classic biography, because screenwriter and director Renée Blanchar (Belle Bay) took historical liberties to embroider his narrative.

It does not matter. To tan smarter, The world of Gabrielle Roy it is closer to enchantment than anguish.

Snowflakes (artificial)

Don’t waste time on reality TV Snowflakes mountain from Netflix. It’s bad and the “script” – do you still think these shows aren’t scripted? – it shines too much for us to join.

However, the concept had an attractive and eye-catching look. Ten influencers or rich teens in their twenties, allergic to authority from birth, believe they are participating in a luxury Ibiza villa-style reality show with an infinity pool and unlimited champagne.

Mistake. The production lands them in the mountains, in the middle of a forest, where they will have to survive with the means at hand (and without their beauty kit). Who is the most woke up here, huh? You will suffer, my little ingrates!

Obviously, these ten members of Generation Z were chosen to represent the stereotype of the “snowflake”, a frail young man unable to tolerate an opinion contrary to his own without taking offense.

Obviously, two ex-military, animators Joel Graves and Matt Tate, try to break them down and strengthen them. Send, lazy! Cut your wood! Choose your fruit! Hunt your meat! And put away your damn cell phones!

I quit after three episodes, which end up repeating the same story: today’s young people are therefore very superficial, blah, blah, blah. It’s big, long.

With a little less bad faith, Snowflakes mountain it could have been a fun show. His conservative prejudices, not even exploited with humor, only reinforce the prejudices and widen the gap between two generations.

Snowflakes mountain he remains at base camp and does not come close to the summit at all.


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