Blame It on Fidel

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La Faute à Fidel
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Blame it on Fidel poster
Directed by Julie Gavras
Produced by Sylvie Pialat
Mathieu Bompoint
Music by Armand Amar
Cinematography Nathalie Durand
Edited by Pauline Dairou
Distributed by Koch-Lorber Films
Release dates 10 September 2006 (France)
3 August 2007 (USA)
Running time 99 minutes
Country France / Italy
Language French

Blame it on Fidel (French: La Faute à Fidel) is a 2006 French drama film directed by Julie Gavras.


A 9-year-old girl, Anna de la Mesa (played by Nina Kervel), weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris. Her Spanish-born lawyer father Fernando (played by Stefano Accorsi) is inspired by his sister's opposition to Franco and by Salvador Allende's victory in Chile; he quits his job and becomes a liaison for Chilean activists in France. Her mother (played by Julie Depardieu) a Marie Claire journalist-turned-writer documenting the stories of women's abortion ordeals, supports her husband and climbs aboard the ideological bandwagon. As a result, Anna's French bourgeois life is over. She must adjust to refugee nannies, international cuisine and a cramped apartment full of noisy revolutionaries.

The film covers an array of philosophy and ideology - everything from Communism to Catholicism to Greek and Asian mythology - which Anna must reconstruct from confusion into her own set of beliefs.



Blame it on Fidel won the MPA's Michel D'Ornano Prize for a promising first French film.


The film had its New York City premiere on 3 August 2007.


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