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My Internship in Canada (2015)

Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre (original title)
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An idealistic young Haitian travels to rural Quebec to intern for an independent Member of Parliament when a national debate erupts that finds the MP holding the tie-breaking vote.

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Philippe Falardeau
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Irdens Exantus ... Souverain Pascal
Caroline Trudel Caroline Trudel ... Vendeuse boutique de lingerie
Patrick Huard ... Steve Guibord
Clémence Dufresne-Deslières Clémence Dufresne-Deslières ... Lune Guibord
Dangelo Néard Dangelo Néard ... Optimiste (frère de Souverain)
Philona Jean Philona Jean ... Mère de Souverain
Ketlain Difficile Ketlain Difficile ... Étudiant café Haitien #1
Joyce Kistabish Joyce Kistabish ... Dirigeante du barrage algonquin
Jacqueline Michel Jacqueline Michel ... Femme au barrage #1
Emmanuelle Kistabish McDougall Emmanuelle Kistabish McDougall ... Femme au barrage #2
Richard Kistabish Richard Kistabish ... Chef de bande
Robin Aubert ... Rodrigue
Émilie Villeneuve Émilie Villeneuve ... Camioneuse
Alexandre Castonguay Alexandre Castonguay ... Policier
Sonia Cordeau Sonia Cordeau ... Stéphanie Caron-Lavallée
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Earnest twenty-two year old Souverain Pascal, a student of democracy and a recent arrival to Canada from his native Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is able to secure an internship with the only Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) who responded to his request for work, Steve Guibord of the northern, sprawling and largely rural Québec riding of Prescott - Makedewá - Rapides-aux-Outardes, he the only sitting Independent in what is now the Conservative Party majority Parliament, albeit a majority with the slimmest of margins. Steve's situation, with no party backing, makes him arguably the most ignored MP in the House, with his constituency office above a lingerie shop, which is only accessible through that shop, a manifestation of what little resources he has to conduct his political work. A former NHL hockey player, Steve left it as a career for personal reasons that would have made the required travel untenable. He also left the Liberal Party on bad terms in not agreeing with their aboriginal ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

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French | English | Algonquin | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

26 May 2016 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Going to War with Guibord See more »

Filming Locations:

Val-d'Or, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD5,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,801
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2.35 : 1
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Constant humor, fast pace, insightful
25 January 2016 | by theoryneutralSee all my reviews

The most unfortunate fact about this film is that so much nuance would be lost in an English translation, and most won't watch it with subtitles.

Cast: The acting was fabulous, and although the Haitian seemed somewhat stereotypical, I would give the director the benefit of the doubt and assume he meant to create a jolly character. He certainly was not stereotyped as unintelligent. Quite the contrary.

Content: Not spoon-fed but clear. Excellent. Insightful both on a political and philosophical level.

Humor: It is difficult to determine whether this would be funny to someone not well-versed in Quebec culture. But to someone who is, the humor was there throughout even the most serious parts. Nicely done. There is an abundance of blue collar humor that is nevertheless accessible to all.

Editing: No obvious problems.

Pace: Fast and fluent, with few exceptions.

Story: One turn of events could have been better explained, as pertains to the main character's wife.

Female characters: One gets the feeling that the daughter's role was written by a woman and the wife's by a man. The former was much better, though this is not a criticism on a feminist level, since both female characters were strong and prominent.

Overall, everyone involved in this film should be proud. The Harper parody was hilarious!


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