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Blame it on Fidel (2006)
"La faute à Fidel!" (original title)

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A 9-year-old girl weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Kervel-Bey ...
Anna de la Mesa
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Marie de la Mesa
Stefano Accorsi ...
Fernando de la Mesa
Benjamin Feuillet ...
François de la Mesa
Martine Chevallier ...
Bonne Maman
Olivier Perrier ...
Bon Papa
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Isabelle
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Mathieu, le marié
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Marga
Gabrielle Vallières ...
Cécile
Raphaëlle Molinier ...
Pilar
Carole Franck ...
Soeur Geneviève
Marie Llano ...
Mère Anne-Marie
Marie Payen ...
La mère poule
Marie-Noëlle Bordeaux ...
Filomena
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Hello, my name is Anna and I am nine years old. I wish you had known me before - I mean before my aunt Marga and my cousin Pilar came to my parents'house -, I was such a happy little girl. Before their coming life was a bed of roses. Of course my little brother could be a pain in the neck - little brothers always are, aren't they? - but there was that wonderful big house, there was my Cuban-born nanny who cooked so well, there was the bath before dinner, not to mention this wonderful catechism class at the catholic school. But they did come, those Spanish intruders. And now never heard before names like "Franco", "Allende", "Women's Lib", "abortion", the lot, have got into my life. Daddy and Mummy have suddenly become "communists", although this a term that Bon Papa and Bonne Maman (my grandparents from Bordeaux, in fact) just hate. Because of the intruders not only did we move to a tiny apartment but the place is invaded day and night by "barbudos" (bearded men). No more bath before ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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29 November 2006 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$9,004 (USA) (3 August 2007)

Gross:

$166,485 (USA) (14 December 2007)
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Marie de la Mesa: Is that why you want to change schools? You won't see your friend Cecile anymore.
Anna de la Mesa: It doesn't matter. It's like changing nannies.
Marie de la Mesa: How?
Anna de la Mesa: It's sad when they leave, but if the next one is nice, it's okay.
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Venceremos
Written by Ortega / Iturra
Chilean revolutionary song sung by the leftist activists at Frenando's
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beautifully captures the view from childhood
13 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What impressed me most about this film was how you always know what Anna is feeling. This is partly because of the wonderfully expressive actress playing the part, and partly because it is easy to recall how we felt about things as children and recognize how we would react to the clearly drawn situations of the film. It is also remarkable because while most French movies let you know what characters think simply by having them talk endlessly, Anna keeps her words short and to the point and the adults around her never seem to explain things as much as they ought to.

It is interesting to see how people here respond to the film. One review described it as a movie about adults balancing child raising with world saving, which is certainly a part of the film but to me wouldn't seem to be the focus. Someone else saw the film as an example of how activists can be bad parents.

But really, this film is so focused on Anna that I tended to feel whatever she was feeling, and as her feelings and understand evolved during the film, mind did as well. The movie feels very balanced, showing everyone's strengths and weaknesses, kindnesses and cruelties, honor and stupidity, and it feels very authentic; I don't know if this is fiction, a memoir or somewhere in between, but it feels very realistic and believable.

This is a quiet, thoughtful movie and it took me a while to get into it, perhaps simply because I approach French movies with a certain amount of suspicion, which is why I gave it a 7 instead of an 8. I became more and more drawn in as I watched, and found the final scenes especially touching. It's a lovely little film.


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