A 9-year-old Parisian finds herself on the frontlines of South American revolution

Blame It On Fidel

on August 03, 2007 by Ed Scheid
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An entertaining portrait of a 9-year old girl forced to confront some radical changes, Blame It on Fidel , set in 1970, centers on Anna (Nina Kervel-Bey), who enjoys a comfortable Parisian life until a trip to Chile inspires her mother (Julie Depardieu, Gerard's daughter) and father (Stefano Accorsi, the Italian The Last Kiss ) to alter their lives. They become militant activists and move to a much smaller apartment with continual visitors and meetings. Told that “Mickey Mouse is a fascist,” Nina is singled out at her Catholic school when her parents take her out of divinity class, and she grows increasingly resentful.

The feature debut of director/screenwriter Julie Gavras, daughter of Costa-Gavras, Blame It on Fidel is an impressive re-creation of an often turbulent period in which she skillfully focuses on young Anna and her reaction to events she doesn't always fully understand. Meanwhile, her parents are oblivious to the turmoil they have caused their daughter.

Kervel-Bey gives Anna an appealing combination of bewilderment and a determination to fight back, and, besides the humor of Anna's cultural clash, the film shows her growth in beginning to understand her parents and her new world. Distributor: Koch Lorber
Cast: Julie Depardieu, Stefano Accorsi and Nina Kervel-Bey
Director/Screenwriter: Julie Gavras
Producer: Sylvie Pialat
Genre: Comedy; French-language, subtitled
Rating: Unrated
Running time: 97 min.
Release date: August 3, 2007 NY, September 14 LA
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