Blame It on Fidel

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

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Anna must deal with losing her privileges when her well-off parents become leftist activists.

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  • May 24, 2011
    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
  • Nov 16, 2009
    Very interesting to see how this girl grows and learns from everything that happens. She takes everything in and analyzes it. Quite wonderous.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2008
    radical political activists, in the early 70s, bringing up there young daughter, and the influence all the heat of the politics going on afects her upbringing, well acted throughout, especially the young french girl, and a interesting look at a very political time, seen in france
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2007
    [font=Arial]I was reminded of an exercise in relgion class(Catholic division) where we were shown how much more could be accomplished in a unit with a single, strong leader...[/font] [font=Arial][/font] [font=Century Gothic]In "Blame It on Fidel," it is 1970 and Fernando(Stefano Accorsi), a lawyer, is frustrated and wants to become more politically involved, despite already housing his sister, Marga(Mar Sodupe), and niece, Pilar(Raphaelle Molinier), two refugees from Franco's Spain. So, he and his wife, Marie(Julie Depardieu), a writer for Marie Claire magazine, depart for South America, leaving their young children, Anna(Nina Kervel-Bey) and Francois(Benjamin Feuillet), in the care of their housekeeper, Filmomena(Marie-Noelle Bordeaux), a refugee from Castro's Cuba. On their return, Fernando announces plans to help the elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, from afar. But now the family has to give up their spacious house in return for a smaller apartment. And Anna is none too pleased to be sharing a room with her younger brother...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Blame It on Fidel" is a uniquely charming coming of age story told from the vantage point of Anna who is certainly perplexed at the changes in the household which reflect the turbulent nature of the world she is growing up in. Naturally curious, she absorbs some of her knowledge through osmosis but also through direct interaction with her parents and their friends, thus proving that it is never a good idea to keep children ignorant. But the parents do seem a little doctrinaire at times.(For example, I would not say Mickey Mouse is fascist. Donald Duck, maybe.) Remember, Fernando and Marie's politics do not change, just their level of involvement. Throughout they believe in the power of democracy to better the world and for Salvador Allende, certainly no Communist, to be a fine instrument for progressive change in the world. [/font]
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