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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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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Blame It on Fidel
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 31 January 2007)

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beautifully captures the view from childhood See more (20 total) »

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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
beautifully captures the view from childhood, 13 January 2009
Author: Charles Herold (cherold) from United States

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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