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Review: My Internship in Canada

October 9, 2015

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

My Internship in Canada PosterCanadian politics have rarely been as much fun as they are in My Internship in Canada, a whip smart and hugely entertaining political satire, that especially hits home with the election just around the corner.

Steve Guibard (Patrick Huard) is an independent Member of Parliament in Quebec, who ends up faced with the deciding vote on a Conservative motion to go to war.  Aided by his new intern Souverain (Irdens Exantus), a young Haitian immigrant who is fascinated by the world of politics and always at the ready with a philosophical quote, the politician launches a plan to consult the voters in his community in an attempt to please everyone.

But Steve is further conflicted by his wife (Suzanne Clement) who wants him to vote for the war, and his daughter Lune (Clémence Dufresne-Desliéres) who is staunchly against it.  There’s also an ongoing fight between truck drivers and Native people that results in frequently blocked roadways, and a sleazy Prime Minister (Paul Doucet) with a knack for impromptu musical sessions.  All the while, the people of Haiti are getting a crash course in Canadian politics through video chats with Souverain and becoming increasingly engaged in the action, in one of the film’s most delightful subplots.

Patrick Huard is in fine comic form throughout My Internship in Canada, appealing as ever in his rendering of a bumbling but well meaning every man faced with tough decisions, and the rest of the cast is equally on point.  Phillipe Fellardeau directs this all with a deft touch, making light of the almost farcical thinking behind every vote, and how even the most important political issues can be so easily manipulated when presented to the average constituent.  Because of this, the film will especially hit home with Canadian audiences who have been closely following the real life happenings in Ottawa.

My Internship in Canada is laugh out loud funny, but also has a lot of sharp insights into our current political scene and governmental shortcomings, and that’s the sign of a great satire.  This is a must see for political junkies who also have a sense of humour.

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