Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel)
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Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel)
When her wealthy parents are suddenly motivated to take an overtly political stance as massive political and economical change sweeps through France, the daughter of a wealthy Spanish lawyer and a successful French journalist attempts to make sense of her once-stable world as everything she thought she ever knew is turned upside down. Anna (Nina Kervel) is a nine-year-old Catholic schoolgirl who excels in catechism class and knows how to hold a knife and fork while cutting her fruit. Her father, Fernando (Stefano Accorsi), comes from a prominent Spanish family and her mother, Marie (Julie… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The young heroine is rather humorless, but Gavras's intelligence and skillful touch are evident throughout."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The film contains a surprising amount of understated humor."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It offers a coming-of-age tale told unflaggingly from the point of view of a pouting, humorless and unsympathetic nine-year-old."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A wry and observant film with plenty of understated humour."
‑ Stuart McGurk, thelondonpaper
"French director Julie Gavras neatly side-steps the cliches of 70s radicalism with her terrific debut."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"Blame it on Fidel! is a knowing lesson in film and history that often makes its serious point with a dose of wise humor."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"It's all too easy to read Blame It On Fidel as a simple morality tale, an allegory comparing conservatism to childishness, and political awakening to emotional maturity."
‑ Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune
"Strange, bearded house guests shake up a peeved little girl's life, infusing it with political imagination and wonder."
‑ Prairie Miller, Critical Women
"A smashing, funny and politically sophisticated feature debut from Julie (daughter of Costa) Gavras."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"Gavras is an experienced maker of documentaries, but this assured, intelligent film marks an auspicious beginning to her career in fictional features."
‑ Karl French, Financial Times
"A deft, original, entertaining and thoughtful look at that moment when we realise the world's just that bit more complicated than we thought."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Politics -- hardly a movie audience's immediate choice when it comes to entertainment -- becomes a deeply engaging subject in Blame It on Fidel thanks to a 9-year-old charmer who steals our hearts."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Gavras maintains a light touch throughout that allows us a rare chance to emphasize with both the radical and conservative elements at the family dinner table."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The comedy always feels enriching rather than demeaning."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
"A smart, amusing take on some serious issues that's fortunate in its excellent young leading lady and its ability to laugh at its own political excesses."
‑ Sam Jordison, Film4
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