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Blame it on Fidel (2006)

La faute à Fidel! (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, History | 29 November 2006 (France)
A 9-year-old girl weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris.

Director:

Julie Gavras

Writers:

Domitilla Calamai (novel), Arnaud Cathrine (collaboration) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Kervel-Bey Nina Kervel-Bey ... Anna de la Mesa
Julie Depardieu ... Marie de la Mesa
Stefano Accorsi ... Fernando de la Mesa
Benjamin Feuillet Benjamin Feuillet ... François de la Mesa
Martine Chevallier Martine Chevallier ... Bonne Maman
Olivier Perrier ... Bon Papa
Marie Kremer ... Isabelle
Raphaël Personnaz ... Mathieu, le marié
Mar Sodupe ... Marga
Gabrielle Vallières Gabrielle Vallières ... Cécile
Raphaëlle Molinier Raphaëlle Molinier ... Pilar
Carole Franck Carole Franck ... Soeur Geneviève
Marie Llano Marie Llano ... Mère Anne-Marie
Marie Payen Marie Payen ... La mère poule
Marie-Noëlle Bordeaux Marie-Noëlle Bordeaux ... Filomena
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Storyline

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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catechism | bath | class | girl | spanish | See All (166) »

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Whose fault is it anyway?

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 November 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Blame It on Fidel! See more »

Filming Locations:

Bordelais, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,004, 5 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$166,485, 16 December 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Soundtracks

Venceremos
Written by Ortega / Iturra
Chilean revolutionary song sung by the leftist activists at Frenando's
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Children & Grown Ups
4 January 2009 | by dsseuSee all my reviews

If you remember being a child confused about the 'grown ups' around you, then this film is worth watching. I thought it was going to be a heavy dark film - and it might be on one level - but it's not at all on the other, mainly because it is about seeing the ('grown up') world from a child's point of view. It reminded me a bit of Pan's Labyrinth in that way, i.e. the way there is an 'adults world' and a 'child's world', although Pan's Labyrinth focuses more on childhood escapism, but 'Blame in Fidel' is more about childhood realism. That is to say this film focuses, in a really lovely accurate way, on a child struggling to understand the real world around them, especially when the adults around her don't tell her the full story. There is no fantasy here. It's all very real. Anna clearly wants to understand what's going on. She hears snippets of conversations and tries to put it all together, sometimes correctly, sometimes incorrectly. Definitely worth a watch!


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