Via: canada.com

“It’s because I knew I would be good at politics that I decided to go into politics.” 

So begins the trailer for God Save Justin Trudeau.

The man jokingly referred to as le dauphin (French for the crown prince) across the country — yet has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the polls since his coronation as the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in April 2013 — is now the subject of a French-language documentary premiering next week.

The film chronicles the young leader in the lead up to the famous boxing match in which he trounced suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau, after which the pair’s respective careers diverged drastically. In the trailer, Trudeau walks into the match to a frenzy of support as “God Save the King” plays.

“Justin is the prince of Canadian politics and Justin has become a fighter, possibly the king,” filmmaker Éric Ruel said a in French-language interview with the Huffington Post. The nation, after all, watched him grow up at 24 Sussex Drive when his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was prime minister.

Ruel said the film returns to a particular point in 2012, when the Liberal party was relegated to the third party and they were “literally dead-and-buried.” So, for members of the LPC, “Justin arrived a bit like a saviour…in whom his members places all their hopes.”

“There’s also a bit of irony about all the people who will blindly vote for him,” Ruel said.

The pacing of the trailer suggests a scathing, potentially satirical, examination of the myth-making that has turned Trudeau into Canada’s dauphin. It feels like a sexy intro to a Canadian take on House of Cards. The film’s tagline, “the art of politics in the 21st century,” is also telling.

The opening glimpse of Trudeau in the trailer comes off as strong, authentic and unabashed. Those opening lines, the self awareness they show, could turn this film into his Tout Le Monde En Parle moment — late NDP leader Jack Layton’s stunning rise to leader of the opposition in 2011 was partially credited to his blockbuster appearance on the popular Quebec broadcast.

Yet, Trudeau is also very divisive. His opponents, left and right, disdain the media fascination with his luscious locks and say he has little to offer the country in terms of substance. The West still remembers his father’s National Energy Plan, while others relish the second coming of a leader they adored in their youth. And then there’s the Quebec question.

With 78 seats up for grabs in the belle province in 2015 — three more than in 2011 thanks to redistribution — Trudeau’s native province is a key battleground on the left, where he faces an uphill climb given both his and his father’s staunch federalism. Currently, the NDP hold 54 of 75 seats to the Liberals’ seven, and it could very well take the hand of God to turn those tides.

For Trudeau, it’s not a question of if, but when he leads the one-time natural governing party of Canada back into power.

The trailer closes as it opened, with Trudeau staring into the camera as his lilting, natural French, pours into a voice over.

“Ces’t pas juste une question de si on va gagné le combat ou non; c’est une question du comment on pouvoir gagné le combat.” 

“It’s not just a question of if we will win the campaign or not; it’s a question of how we can win.” 

A firework cracks, sparkles over Parliament Hill, and falls back to earth.

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