In All the life, Are you on the side of Éloïze’s father, who believes that his teenage daughter, suffering from a mild intellectual disability, is capable of raising the baby she is carrying on her own?
Or are you more on the side of Eloïze’s mother, who cannot imagine how a child will be able to take care of another child and who works hard to ensure that her daughter undergoes an abortion?
Another dilemma of All the life. Are you in the camp of the extreme ecoanxious Charlotte (Romane Lefebvre), who calls for a late abortion, because it is about her body, that she does with it what she wants and she does not want? not put one more human being on this already overcrowded planet?
Or do you think, like the social worker Carole (Marie-Chantal Perron), who judges that it is much too late, at 24 weeks, and that Charlotte should have turned on long before?
All the life Radio-Canada has been asking heart-wrenching questions for several weeks. By showing both sides of the coin of these delicate cases, author Danielle Trottier does not take a position, but forces us to reassess our own convictions. A popular soap opera also serves to address important social issues.
To come back to Éloïze’s (Élizabeth Tremblay-Gagnon) situation, I am constantly changing my opinion. When I see her happy and fulfilled with her father Eric (Pierre-François Legendre), I say to myself: yes, supervised and supported, Éloïze would surely make a good mother, despite her handicap.
Then, Éloïze goes out to the park to pick up strangers and I agree with the arguments of his mother Marjolaine (Brigitte Lafleur): well no, this teenager with a juvenile mentality does not have the capacity to take care of a newborn baby, it is borderline dangerous.
Who is right, who is wrong ? Difficult to determine. Especially since the mother herself experiences mental health problems, which complicates the picture. The father, on the other hand, looks so gentle and understanding that one begins to doubt his intentions. Is he hiding something? Is he too naive, let’s see?
Desperate, but wanting what she considers best for Eloïze, the mother even tried to kill herself, the ultimate tool of manipulation in her full trunk. That, and accusing her husband of domestic violence. I can’t wait to see how this plot ends.
On the surface, Charlotte’s story seems easier to decide. The young woman postponed the date of her abortion until the limit where doctors feel comfortable performing it in Quebec, the third trimester. Too late for Charlotte, we should now think about adoption, if she does not wish to keep him.
Wait a minute, here. Abortion is legal in Canada, with no conditions and no restrictions regarding the stage of pregnancy. Charlotte has every right to ask. Still, the operation is controversial, taboo and very rare with us. To the point where the Quebec government prefers to send patients to the United States to undergo it, rather than supervise it in our hospitals.
Here again, we juggle the two hypotheses. We weigh the pros and cons. And we are delighted not to have to settle these two thorny issues immediately.
Long live the appendices!
They are just in time, these eight new episodes of the Appendices, available now on the Tou.TV Extra. Because we all need to laugh in this climate of sticky gloom, where everyone seems about to break their bank, like a young Laurie in Double occupancy: California.
I love this group with absurd humor and often pee-poo, formed by Jean-François Chagnon, Sonia Cordeau, Dave Bélisle, Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Dominic Montplaisir, Julien Corriveau and Jean-François Provençal.
The comic signature and the “lo-fi” style of Appendices did not change when crossing from Télé-Québec to the Radio-Canada pay platform. The first episode begins with the return of Guy and René, the kings of Hand. They are wonderful.
Among the classics of Appendices which are back in service, note the program My opinion, the tips of Monsieur Mousteille, the Grands Génies (including the one with the buttery mouth of Cheetos) and Sylvie Rencontre, who became mayor of Saint-Réjean.
You will also discover new segments including CrossFil, with trainer Filipo Potvin, as well as L’entrepren’heure, capsules devoted to local businesses such as the musical pizzeria Mozart-Ella.
There are original songs (Dirty your balloons, wedding night) and a fake ad of a ’70s table game, Poc-Pic-Tigado, which is delusional. Special mention to the new show Yes-Jase, where the animator talks to the dead.
The only flaw in these Appendices, version 2020? Their episodes last only a dozen minutes each. As Monsieur Puel would say: jan norèpri pamalplousse.