Blame It on Fidel
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Includes over 70 minutes of bonus features including:
Making-of Featurette, Behind-the-Scenes Segments, Deleted Scenes (presented by the director)
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It is also, unlike many films that explore similar territory, at bottom a comedy -- both in the broad sense that the upheavals the film traces are thrown upon its characters by circumstance and result ultimately in things working themselves out, and in the more specific sense that it is filled with humorous moments rooted in the misconceptions of a precocious child about the nature of the convictions that dominate her parents lives. The humor and ultimate resolution of the film, however, does not arrive without passing through the awareness of many tragic moments and serious issues. Still, all of this is seen from the point of view of a child -- and the film's greatest strength lies in its rigorous adoption of the viewpoint of the child. The camera work in particular is both remarkable and subtle, and gives the impression of a child's take on the world without resorting to the awkwardness of strict point of view shots -- what it lingers on, how it frames its attention, all suggest the very specific interests of the very precocious Anna.Read more ›
Centered on an astonishing portrayal by young Nina Kervel-Bey, her defiant Anna with her pugnacious chin jutting-out fearlessly faces the various forces swirling around her with justifiable frustration and anger at the upset and turmoil created in her young life by neglectful parents caught up in their leftist political passions and the likewise estrangement from the conervative foundations of her previously privileged life. Her spirit is undiminished however as she faces them all down with wit and preternatural common sense, asking the difficult question and demanding attention and respect. This little girl is wonderfully expressive and impressive and Gravas has elicited a marvelous performance from her.
While I assume Gravas sympathies probably lie with the politics of the parents, she is very even-handed in her depiction of all sides and is never polemical but instead finds the humanity in all. Being the daughter of a famously political director herself, she must have brought great understanding to the confusion and anger of a young child who could care less about politics but experiences only absent and distracted parents and a comfortable life overthrown for passions and principles she does not understand and is very perceptive in pricking the pretensions of while revealing the confusion in the adults around her.
A very fine film, well acted by all, but little Nina is the whole show and for one so small and lovely to dominate and carry a film of this depth with such ferocious confidence and humor is a tribute to the wee actor and her director and is well worth anyone's time.
The story takes place in Paris in 1970 - 1971. 9-year-old Anna de la Mesa (Nina Kervel-Bey) is a bright child who loves the divinity aspects of her Catholic school and enjoys the wealthy bourgeois elegance that surrounds her. She and her little brother François (Benjamin Feuillet) are informed that their aunt, an anti-Franco activist from Spain, will be moving in with Anna and her parents Fernando (Stefano Accorsi) and Marie (Julie Depardieu). This critical move incites a change in philosophy for Anna's parents and soon they become enchanted with the rise of Allende in Chile and embrace the Socialist mindset and the promised feminist movement changes, moving from their elegant house into a small apartment and demanding that Anna give up her divinity studies 'because the are against Communist thought'. As liaison in France for Chilean activists, Fernando holds strange and frequent meetings, disturbing further the life Anna loves.Read more ›
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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 JJS
[...]. 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 Burned
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 Amazon Customer
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