Blame It on Fidel

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Posted: Tue Oct 16 2007

Nine-year-old Anna is very much the little princess. She enjoys the run of her aristocratic grandma’s rambling chateau, even teaches her friends to eat fruit with a knife and fork. All that’s about to change however, since her Spanish father, stung into action by his brother-in-law’s heroic resistance against Franco, has decided to let his political conscience guide his law practice, while her mum’s forsaking the shallows of a women’s magazine for a serious tome on something called ‘abortion’. Soon Anna’s sharing a tiny Paris apartment with sundry beardy Chilean activists, and (by contrast) an exiled Cuban maid who blames everything on Castro. It’s time for the stamping of tiny feet as Anna wonders why her parents always put Monsieur Allende first?There’s a delightfully supple comedy in this early ’70s story, not only from the tantrum-throwing heroine’s uneasy adjustment to newly radicalised priorities, but also in her instinctive probing of mum and dad’s sometimes woolly self-justification. While Julie Depardieu and Stefano Accorsi are both fine as the grown-ups, the film belongs to Nina Kervel’s intuitive brilliance as their Little Miss Unimpressed, a pouting terror in school uniform. It’s conjecture just how close this is to the childhood of the first-time director, whose father is the great political filmmaker Costa-Gavras, but she’s managed the rare trick of making an essentially serious movie with the lightest of touch. How do we learn about notions of justice and equality when as children our perspective’s so naturally self-centred? A deft, original, entertaining and thoughtful look at that moment when we realise the world’s just that bit more complicated than we thought.
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Fri Oct 19, 2007

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99 mins

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andrew lysley

Great little low budget film with a wonderful performance from the girl and her brother. Seeing the events of the early 70s through the eyes of the children within a left-wing family was a directorial tour de force. Witty, clever script too. Shame it was shown so close to Christmas here in Oxford as it received poor publicity and was shown off-peak. As a result there lamentably few in the audience.

andrew lysley

Great little low budget film with a wonderful performance from the girl and her brother. Seeing the events of the early 70s through the eyes of the children within a left-wing family was a directorial tour de force. Witty, clever script too. Shame it was shown so close to Christmas here in Oxford as it received poor publicity and was shown off-peak. As a result there lamentably few in the audience.

geo6dap

A really excellent film, stimulating, thoughtful and witty, depending a lot on the fine acting and direction of Nina Kervel. I went away thinking a lot about what it presented and am still thinking about it next morning! Various poor bits of editing and inconsistencies (father loud shouting at mother in a late scene, beautiful but rather contrived final scene) but far outweighed by the many other brilliant scenes, Cuban 'gusano' maid overplayed, but so full of excellent parts, handled by the various children in a less actorly fashion than the grownups that it is well worth 100 minutes of anyone interested in film.

geo6dap

A really excellent film, stimulating, thoughtful and witty, depending a lot on the fine acting and direction of Nina Kervel. I went away thinking a lot about what it presented and am still thinking about it next morning! Various poor bits of editing and inconsistencies (father loud shouting at mother in a late scene, beautiful but rather contrived final scene) but far outweighed by the many other brilliant scenes, Cuban 'gusano' maid overplayed, but so full of excellent parts, handled by the various children in a less actorly fashion than the grownups that it is well worth 100 minutes of anyone interested in film.

paulrou

I went into the film, wanting something to do. The film was brilliant on childhood development, witty and also the effect of May 68 and individual histories coming together. Really thoughtful, touching with an underlying complexity of emotions. It felt real, with the obvious stripping down of characters for comic and to enhance dramatic tension.

paulrou

I went into the film, wanting something to do. The film was brilliant on childhood development, witty and also the effect of May 68 and individual histories coming together. Really thoughtful, touching with an underlying complexity of emotions. It felt real, with the obvious stripping down of characters for comic and to enhance dramatic tension.