Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel) (2006)



Critic Consensus: Blame it on Fidel is a charming comedy of manners, class, and politics, elevated by a remarkable performance from lead child actor Nina Kervel.

Movie Info

When her wealthy parents are suddenly motivated to take an overtly political stance as massive political and economical change sweeps through France, the daughter of a wealthy Spanish lawyer and a successful French journalist attempts to make sense of her once-stable world as everything she thought she ever knew is turned upside down. Anna (Nina Kervel) is a nine-year-old Catholic schoolgirl who excels in catechism class and knows how to hold a knife and fork while cutting her fruit. Her father, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Arnaud Cathrine, Julie Gavras
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2007
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as Anna de la Mesa

as Fernando de la Mesa

as Marie de la Mesa

as Grandfather

as Francois de la Mesa

as Grandfather

as Grandmother

as Sister Genevieve

as Isabelle

as Mother Hen

as First Temouine

as Second Temouine
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Critic Reviews for Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel)

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (18)

The young heroine is rather humorless, but Gavras's intelligence and skillful touch are evident throughout.

Full Review… | December 4, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Blame it on Fidel! is a knowing lesson in film and history that often makes its serious point with a dose of wise humor.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A deft, original, entertaining and thoughtful look at that moment when we realise the world's just that bit more complicated than we thought.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Time Out
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The film contains a surprising amount of understated humor.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's all too easy to read Blame It On Fidel as a simple morality tale, an allegory comparing conservatism to childishness, and political awakening to emotional maturity.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Politics -- hardly a movie audience's immediate choice when it comes to entertainment -- becomes a deeply engaging subject in Blame It on Fidel thanks to a 9-year-old charmer who steals our hearts.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel)


Interesting, but slightly difficult to follow, tale of young French girl whose parents become political activists. The acting is very good (especially the children), but the story is very slow going. Concentrating on the children, though, I did enjoy it due to them.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A very funny child's perspective of capitalism vs. Communism. Interesting that the use of 'What you don't see' much used in horror films works so well here. Julie Gavras is a director to look out for, no doubt she has inherited some talent from her father Costa-Gavras. Nina Kervel-Bey plays the protagonist brilliantly and at such a young age she really steals the show. A very pleasant surprise and highly recommended.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Very interesting to see how this girl grows and learns from everything that happens. She takes everything in and analyzes it. Quite wonderous.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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