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.
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as Anna de la Mesa
as Fernando de la Mesa
as Marie de la Mesa
as Francois de la Mesa
as Sister Genevieve
as Mother Hen
as First Temouine
as Second Temouine
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Critic Reviews for Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel)
The young heroine is rather humorless, but Gavras's intelligence and skillful touch are evident throughout.
Blame it on Fidel! is a knowing lesson in film and history that often makes its serious point with a dose of wise humor.
A deft, original, entertaining and thoughtful look at that moment when we realise the world's just that bit more complicated than we thought.
The film contains a surprising amount of understated humor.
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.
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.
Very interesting to see how this girl grows and learns from everything that happens. She takes everything in and analyzes it. Quite wonderous.
[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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