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29 November 2006 (France) See more »
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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
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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:
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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Soundtrack:
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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
La faute à Fidel, 25 March 2007
Author: elliott bledsoe (elliott.bledsoe@gmail.com) from brisbane, australia

this is no ordinary coming-of-age film. this is the transition story of nine-year-old Anna de la mesa (played by Nina kervel-bey) who's life changes forever when her parents begin an ideological sea-change. her Spanish-born lawyer father Fernando (stefano accorsi) is inspired by his family's opposition to Franco (you later learn he is from a rich catholic royalist family and that his uncle is fighting in Spain) and allende's victory in Chile, to quit his job and become a liaison in France for Chilean activists. her mother, a Marie Clare journalist turned writer documenting the stories of women's abortion ordeals, supports her husband and climbs aboard the ideological bandwagon. as a result Anna's french bourgeois life is over. she must adjust to refugee nannies, international cuisine and a cramped apartment fully of noisy revolutionaries.

the film is filled with a dizzying array of philosophy and ideology - everything from communism, to Catholicism to Greek and Asian mythology - which Anna must reconstruct from confusion to her own set of beliefs. as she negotiates her way through this ideological maze until ultimate internalization of her parents' admirable (all be it ad hocly administered) objectives we are exposed to a witty analysis of stereotyping, misinformation, the potential hypocrisies of ideologies and the potential false-hopes of idealism.

for example Anna's mother makes a comment that she can get the kind of issues-political writing she is turning her repertoire to published in Marie Clare, but later throws out a copy of the magazine when her article isn't published, proving that just because you want to save the world doesn't mean Marie Clare does.

an example of stereotyping and misinformation around beliefs is the number of reds under the beds comments and Anna's grandmother's comment that the commies want to take all of Anna's toys. she also says that all radicals have beards, which, when repeated later by Anna, is met with an inquiry as to whether Santa clause is a radical by her kid-brother Francois (played by Benjamin feuillet).

another witty example at one point her parents take her to a rally to demonstrate solidarity, but later in the film, when 'exercising solidarity' with her classmates who all believe Rome to have existed before Greece despite her knowing better, she learns that solidarity and being a sheep are two different things. but when her dad tells her that is being a sheep, she asks how he knows that what he is doing is solidarity, not just being a sheep.

i really like the film's human side. the film is constantly filled with usual family goings-on – mother-daughter tiffs, routines, sharing meals – which illustrates that these militants are real people, with families and commitments. Francois is as real a little boy – will all the bounce and energy and impulsiveness – as any other which makes his character totally believable.

the first-time director Julie gavras is the daughter of militant filmmaker Costa gavras, peppering the film with a sense of lived history. added to how delightfully self-aware the film is, la faute à Fidel is a smart film that takes on the role of exposing the ways in which children may be victimized by the ideas of their parents, even when those ideas are well- meaning and progressive.

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