“Based on true events that have not happened yet, but will happen soon.”
This tidbit opens the quirky and heartfelt political satire My Internship in Canada aka Guibord S’en Va-T-En Guerre. For those who keep an update on Canadian politics, it’s not that hard to imagine this story happening in the near future. Written and directed by Academy award nominee Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar), the film centres on an independent MP left with a swing vote for a morally complicated decision. Having studied politics and international affairs, Falardeau delivers a grounded and clear understanding of Canadian politics, mocking politicians with grace. Being a great storyteller, he also provides a human story about a man trying to figure out what is the right thing to do and the people around him who guide him.
Guibord of the French title is Steve Guibord (Patrick Huard); a former hockey star turned independent MP. After scoring a winning goal against the Russian team for the Canadian team, Guibord had a contract with the Blackhawks. But due to Guibord’s fear of flying, his contract was cancelled. Now he holds an office over a lingerie store, representing a small section of Quebec. His job usually consists of banal jobs including planting a tree for a gazebo. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister (Paul Doucet) puts his plan to send troops to the Middle East with his project “Canada for Freedom.” And then the troubles begin. A roadblock prevents Guibord from delivering the tree due to the Algonquin tribe protesting logging on their land. The loggers are pissed they’re prevented from doing their jobs. To make matters worse, Guibord finds out the Canada for Freedom vote is tied and he is the swing vote for the proposal. With advocates on both sides crowding him from all sides, including his wife Suzanne (Suzanne Clement) and his daughter Lune (Clemence Dufresne-Deslieres), Guibord is forced to step up and make a complicated decision.