Madeleine’s memories are starting to falter. She moves along unfamiliar routes. Faces and places are blurred, the hour of the day has no meaning, and time itself makes leaps: in one moment Madeleine is 50 years old and in another, she is 70. Her reality shifts, at any one moment she might find herself opposite her mother, sister or child.
Madeleine loses her orientation - she leaves the world of language, cognition and knowledge. She feels rather than understands, though sometimes feelings can’t always be understood. She loses control over her actions. Some days she can find her clothes on, others not. Still on other days she doesn’t even think to look for them.
A certain sensation of security comes when she is at home. Here, her actions and movements function automatically. Songs of childhood are carefree moments washing over her. For Madeleine, the familiar can seem strange and the strange may be familiar.