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La faute à Fidel!
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29 November 2006 (France) See more »
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Whose fault is it anyway?
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Blame It on Fidel
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 31 January 2007)

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Cast

  (in credits order)
Nina Kervel-Bey ... Anna de la Mesa

Julie Depardieu ... Marie de la Mesa
Stefano Accorsi ... Fernando de la Mesa
Benjamin Feuillet ... François de la Mesa
Martine Chevallier ... Bonne Maman
Olivier Perrier ... Bon Papa

Marie Kremer ... Isabelle

Raphaël Personnaz ... Mathieu, le marié

Mar Sodupe ... 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
Christiana Markou ... Panayota
Thi Thy Tien N'Guyen ... Maï-Lahn
Lucienne Hamon ... Suzanne
Flore Vannier-Moreau ... 1ère 'témouine'
Coralie Amedeo ... 2ème 'témouine'
Sylvia Lasfargeas ... Une femme du MLF
Francisco López Ballo ... Emilio

Francisco Pizarro Saenz de Urtury ... Pierre
Alexandre Gavras ... Le barbu 'dinette'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Coralie Hyvon ... Une enfant
Noah Le Brocq ... Un enfant

Directed by
Julie Gavras 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Domitilla Calamai  novel "Tutta colpa di Fidel"
Arnaud Cathrine  collaboration
Julie Gavras 

Produced by
Mathieu Bompoint .... executive producer
Sylvie Pialat .... producer
 
Original Music by
Armand Amar 
 
Cinematography by
Nathalie Durand 
 
Film Editing by
Pauline Dairou 
 
Casting by
Coralie Amedeo 
 
Production Design by
Laurent Deroo 
 
Set Decoration by
Daphné Deboaisne 
 
Costume Design by
Annie Thiellement 
 
Makeup Department
Annie Marandin .... key makeup artist/hair
Paillette .... key makeup artist/hair
 
Production Management
Zacharie Cortes .... unit manager
Claude Delfour .... unit manager
Audrey Martel .... assistant production manager
Philippe Valentin .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alain Artur .... first assistant director
Amélie Colin .... second assistant director
Julien Flick .... third assistant director
Antonia Olivares .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Mercedes Camacho .... assistant art director: Spain
Bernard Chedin .... production buyer
Vincent Dugied .... assistant art director
Christophe Mercier .... location finder
Christophe Offret .... property master
Quentin Prévost .... assistant art director
Marguerite Rousseau .... second assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Franck Desmoulins .... sound editor
Marc Mnémosyne .... sound mix technician
Nicolas Naegelen .... sound mixer
Nicolas Naegelen .... sound
Stephane Rabeau .... sound editor
Julien Sicart .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Stephanie Boutinaud .... visual effects coordinator
Fred Roz .... titles
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loïc Andrieu .... Steadicam operator
Marco Beaurepaire .... gaffer
Mathieu Caudroy .... Steadicam operator
Martin Defossez .... key grip
Emilie de la Hosseraye .... still photographer
Inès Léraud .... second assistant camera
Jean-Baptiste Moutrille .... electrician
Lazare Pedron .... first assistant camera
Giovanni Quéné .... grip
Julien Saffroy .... grip
Honoré Soubrie .... grip
 
Casting Department
Anaïs Duran .... casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Yorgos Lamprinos .... assistant editor
Charlotte Mazzinghi .... color grader
Yann Thauvin .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Marie Barré .... location scout
Donatienne de Goros .... script supervisor
Daniel Longuein .... financial controller
André-Paul Ricci .... press attache
Stéphane Riou .... assistant unit manager
Stéphane Riou .... production staff
Patrick Ronchin .... travelling car
Sébastien Seveau .... travelling car
 

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Also Known As:
"La faute à Fidel!" - Italy (original title)
"Blame It on Fidel!" - USA (festival title)
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USA:99 min | France:99 min | Argentina:99 min
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Quotes:
Soeur Geneviève:Miss De la Mesa, repeat what I said.
Anna de la Mesa:"The goat was eaten by the wolf for disobeying."
Soeur Geneviève:Getting eaten by the wolf was its punishment. So the text is about the need for obedience.
Anna de la Mesa:Sister, I don't get it. My grandpa showed me the paw of a fox caught in a trap. It gnawed off its paw to get free.
Soeur Geneviève:That's quite different. The goat wasn't trapped. Mr. Seguin fed it, loved it.
Anna de la Mesa:But he kept it tied up. It's in the book.
Soeur Geneviève:Are you saying the goat wanted to die? That would be a sin. Sit down.
Anna de la Mesa:Animals aren't Catholic, Sister.
Soeur Geneviève:What do you think it says?
Anna de la Mesa:The goat has two options: to stay at Mr. Seguin's or escape to the mountains. It leaves, thinking the wolf won't eat it. It goes up to the mountains, hoping to become free.
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34 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
La faute à papa!, 15 December 2006
Author: guy-bellinger (guy.bellinger@wanadoo.fr) from Montigny-lès-Metz, France

Julie Gavras is famous politically committed director Costa-Gavras'daughter and it shows. But be reassured "La faute à Fidel", her first fiction film (coming after a pair of interesting documentaries) isn't a carbon copy of a Costa Gavras movie in any way. It is much more exciting than just that in that it examines thoroughly the pros and the cons of leftist involvement, mainly its negative repercussions on family life.

The plot revolves around little nine-year-old Anna( played to perfection by tense, brooding, occasionally warming to a welcome smile Nina Kervel), whose life is turned upside down when her parents abruptly change from well-to-do upper middle class people to leftist activists, with a feminist inclination concerning the mother. The whole film will describe the difficulties of a little girl who loses all of her privileges out of the blue, how she understandably rebels against such injustice (even rich kids have a cause to defend!) and who very slowly gets to understand her parents' choices, eventually coming to terms with the situation and growing mature (more mature than the standard brat) in the process.

The movie really charmed me from the beginning to the end, ringing true all the time (the early seventies are well captured, whether when it comes to the production values or the depiction of the mentalities of the time). And Julie Gavras knows her subject on the tip of her fingers. Her parents – just like Anna's ones – have always been leftist activists and wasn't her dwelling-place invaded by Chilean "barbudos" while her dad was preparing "Missing"?

The viewers share her empathy for the central character and appreciate her refusal to resort to caricature. Of course Anna's grandparents are "grand bourgeois" but they are not horrible persons. On the other hand, a leftist activist is not perfect by definition. Those ambiguities give depth to the characters and make them believable throughout. And Julie Gavras has a knack for unexpected details enhancing the viewer's interest and involvement in the story. I was particularly amused by such features as Anna adoring her catechism class, the presence of a violently anticommunist Cuban domestic worker (hence the title), the succession of nannies exiled from different countries torn by ideological conflicts, Anna singing "Ay, Carmela!" to protest against her parents quarreling and many others.

All in all, a wonderful initiation movie that augurs well for Julie Gavras' future career.

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