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Caught up in the political revolution sweeping France in the early 1970s, Fernando (Stefano Accorsi) and Marie (Julie Depardieu) reject the comforts of their bourgeois life and dedicate themselves full time to radical activism. This comes as a shock to their precocious nine year-old daughter, Anna (Nina Kervel), who struggles to understand her parents newfound ideals. Brilliantly told from Annas perspective, this critically-acclaimed film by Julie Gavras captures the coming-of-age moment when children realize the contradictions of adulthood and have to make their own choices.
Includes over 70 minutes of bonus features including:
Making-of Featurette, Behind-the-Scenes Segments, Deleted Scenes (presented by the director)
Warm-hearted and even-handed, this sly political satire centers on Anna (Nina Kervel-Bey), a nine-year-old French girl accustomed to comfort and routine. In 1970, when her attorney father, Fernando (Stefano Accorsi), takes in his Spanish refugee sister, Annas tightly-conscripted world starts to unravel. The process accelerates when he and her journalist mother, Marie (Julie Depardieu, daughter of Gérard), take a fact-finding trip to Chile. Upon their return, Fernando has a beard--just like Fidel Castro--and both have embraced activism. This necessitates a move from bourgeois house to proletariat apartment as they dedicate their lives to the disenfranchised. It also means less time for Anna and her urchin-cute brother, François (Benjamin Feuillet). She decides "Fidel is to blame." Still, things could be worse. They may be opposed to it, but her parents allow her to continue attending private school, though her father jokes she's a "little mummy," i.e. Chilean slang for reactionary. (He also believes Mickey Mouse is a fascist.) In adapting Domitilla Calamais novel, documentary filmmaker Julie Gavras, daughter of left-wing director Costa-Gavras, presents her first feature from a child's perspective, but that doesn't mean she takes Anna's side. Just as Anna can't see the good in altruism--or tell the difference between conformity and solidarity--her family's plunge into radical politics is understandably upsetting (especially when they take her to a demonstration that turns violent). And yet, by not following them blindly, Gavras suggests that Anna is a rebel, too. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Pure communist propaganda. Movie jacket says hilarious and charming...not one thing in this movie was funny. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Farm girl
A terrific movie for its artistic qualities. In addition, it is also a great depicton of child developmental issues.
As an individual who experienced both Franco's Spain and Allende's Chile, I found this film to be a trip down Revolution Road. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by curlyitty8
Great Movie! I've seen it at least 4 times. I personally can relate to this movie as my child hood has haunting similarities, but I wounder if some may not be able to relate as... Read morePublished on June 16, 2010 by Jeff
[...]. The Marxist radicals are portrayed sympathetically while the nuns at the girls private school are portrayed as cold and rigidly authoritarian, the usual stereotype of the... Read morePublished on January 2, 2010 by Cold toes
I think the movie is all about the child protagonist. How she is forcefully weaned away from one ideology to another purely on the whims of her parents. Read morePublished on December 24, 2009 by Suresh C. Kari
This film shows just how smart and curious real children are as they try to make sense of a very complex world. Read morePublished on March 22, 2009 by greatfilms fan
Set in the politically turbulent Paris of the 1970s, "Blame it on Fidel" tells of a sheltered young girl who has her comfortable bourgeois existence ripped away from her after her... Read morePublished on November 28, 2008 by Roland E. Zwick
I enjoyed this film very much. The young girl has such a natural talent that she makes the movie! I recommend watching this movie.Published on September 3, 2008 by Kirsten E. Walker