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Bittersweet Memories

1952, Quebec - Alys Robi is at the pinnacle of her singing career and well known around the world. At 28, she is institutionalized against her will by her father. Medical authorities suggest one treatment: lobotomy. Under the operating room's blinding lights, the young artist sees her life passing in front of her… As long as she could remember, Alice Robitaille always wanted to be a singer. At 5 years old she was already famous in Quebec City, her hometown. At 13 she left to pursue her career in Montreal. With a contract from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, she launches her career coast to coast, and around the world with Latino success such as “Besame Mucho”, “Tico Tico” and many others. For Alys, the sky was the limit. From Mexico to London, the talented French Canadian singer made it all the way to Hollywood. MGM Studios wanted her for screen tests. Hollywood newspapers qualified Miss Robi as a Goddess, a Bombshell… the true American Dream…. But for Alys, life was also a nightmare, she was struggling with a terrible unknown disease: manic depression.


105 min


  • Feature Film


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  • Director

    Denise Filiatrault

  • Screenwriter

    Denise Filiatrault

  • Director of photography

    Pierre Mignot

  • Art director

    Normand Sarrazin

  • Editor

    Yvann Thibaudeau

  • Sound

    Don Cohen

    Marie-Claude Gagné

    Michel Descombes

    Réjean Juteau

  • Costumes designer

    Denis Sperdouklis

  • Music

    Jean Robitaille

    Jean-Sébastien Robitaille

    Paul R. Bisson

  • Casting

    Murielle La Ferrière

  • Consultant

    Alys Robi