Guibord is an independent Member of Parliament who unwillingly finds himself in the awkward position of holding the decisive vote to determine whether Canada will go to war. While groups of lobbyists get involved in a debate that spins out of control, the MP will have to face his own conscience.
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An expertly shot and lovingly crafted piece of whimsy that doesn't quite resonate with the vitality of Monsieur Lazar. Here, we just never really care for the characters. It starts out expertly paced and the score is perfectly matched but comes to a halt in many of the dryer political scenes. 3 stars
The potential absurdity of Canadian politics is well satirized in this homespun entertainment from director Falardeau. The land of three level government, native rights, ministries and powder keg road blocks may have never been quite portrayed like this on screen. In the end its a comedy but is unlikely to have international legs. Quebec star Huard is very good but its Irdens Exantus as the Haitian intern who shines.
It's so great to see a french-canadian film that just nails its casting, all across the board, and reverses completely its cinema's exotic voyeurism. If Philippe Falardeau becomes Quebec's Nanni Moretti, I have no problem with that.