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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?
Plot:
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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Cute and vital growing up story from a little girl's POV 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La faute à Fidel!" - Italy (original title)
"Blame It on Fidel!" - USA (festival title)
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Runtime:
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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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Cute and vital growing up story from a little girl's POV, 19 December 2007
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

This debut film by Julie Gavras, daughter of famed Greek-born director Costa-Gavras (e.g., Z, 1969), was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. In addition to directing, Julie Gavras also collaborated with Arnaud Cathrine on the script which they adapted from a novel by Italian novelist Domitilla Calamai. What is striking about the story is the way it reconstructs how girls become social, how they learn about their world, how they question it, and how they reconcile the contradictions, and how they grow up.

Doing the growing up is nine-year-old Anna de la Mesa, played with fidelity, wit, and skill beyond her years by Nina Kervel-Bey. She is bourgeois to the core, following the lead of her maternal grandparents, who own a vineyard in Bordeaux, and her favorite nanny and housekeeper who lost everything to the Communists when Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba. Her parents, however, are infatuated with the Left, especially with the rise of Allende to power in Chile. The year is 1970-71.

Anna loves their house and garden and going to Catholic school. She is proper and sensible. When they lose their house, and have to let the nanny go, and end up renting an apartment in Paris, Anna is upset and demands to know why things have changed. When it appears that they don't have as much money, Anna begins turning off the lights and turning down the heat to save money. When they want her to transfer to the public school, she demurs and a compromise is made: she can continue to go to Catholic school but she is not allowed to take Bible studies. So when that time of the day comes, she has to stand up and go outside the classroom door and wait.

But Anna is strong emotionally and intellectually. She questions everything and is not self-conscious about being singled out. The other girls may laugh, but when she gets into a fight with one of them, she manages to win her over afterwards so that they are friends, even though their parents are not.

There is in the background the political disputes between the Right and the Left, between parents who change the subject when the question how babies are made is brought up, and those who tell the truth, in short between the bourgeois and the bohemian. One gets the sense that Gavras and Anna are wiser than the disputants, and that there is something to appreciate in both ways of life.

It is impossible not to identify with little Anna, partially because she herself is so fair, and partially because it is such a thrill to see the psychology of the socialization process displayed so well and true in a movie, but also because Nina Kervel-Bey is such a powerful little actress who was so wondrously directed by Julie Gavras. This is one of the best performances by a preteen actor that I have ever seen. Kervel-Bey simply dominates the film and commands the screen.

Will Anna shed her petite bourgeois ways and embrace the politics of her parents? I highly recommend that you see this film and find out.

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