Showtimes: 6:30 & 8:25 pm
Director: Philippe Falardeau
Cast: Patrick Huard, Suzanne Clément, Irdens Exantus
Runtime: 108 minutes
Language: French, Creole, English
Toronto International Film Festival: Best Canadian Feature Film – Special Jury Citation; Hamburg Film Festival Award Nomination: Political Film Award
“This laugh-a-minute farce is grand entertainment.”–Pat Mullen, Cinemablographer
My Internship in Canada focuses on hapless independent Quebec MP Steve Guibord (Patrick Huard, Mommy, Starbuck) and his comical misadventures in trying to manoeuvre the quagmire of local, national and global politics under a clueless, music-obsessed Stephen Harper-like leader.
Guibord is saddled with a constituency of humorously conflicting needs (mining, aboriginal land rights activists, and loggers). A former hockey hero, Guibord finds himself in tricky position when he becomes the swing vote in the Prime Minister’s march to war.
Torn between his personal beliefs and local issues, whatever Steve chooses will make him look like the bad guy to someone. His position is equally ticklish on the home front, flummoxed between his hawkish wife (Suzanne Clément, Mommy), and peacenik daughter (Clémence Dufresne-Deslières).
Adding to his harried affairs is Guibord’s his new, eager, and idealistic Haitian intern, Souverain, (Irdens Exantus) an earnest student of political science who quotes Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s The Social Contract and makes hilarious reports via Skype to his family and friends back home in Haiti.
Director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar, The Good Lie) proves quite adept at softball political satire. Whatever his personal beliefs, Falardeau is even-handed, sending up both conservatives and liberals in equal measure.
Huard is winning as a comically-addled politician, seeing issues from all sides and frustrated when no compromise can be found. Despite the title, it is Huard’s Capra-esque character who takes centre stage and he’s fun to watch.