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Blame It on Fidel [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Nina Kervel-Bey , Julie Depardieu , Julie Gavras    DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nina Kervel-Bey, Julie Depardieu, Stefano Accorsi, Benjamin Feuillet, Martine Chevallier
  • Directors: Julie Gavras
  • Writers: Julie Gavras, Arnaud Cathrine, Domitilla Calamai
  • Producers: Mathieu Bompoint, Sylvie Pialat
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V1Y47I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,415 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



'A smashing, funny and sophisticated feature debut.' --The Daily Telegraph

'A deft, original, entertaining and thoughtful look at that moment when we realise the worlds just that bit more complicated than we thought.' --Time Out

'This is a little gem' --Empire

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Dennis Littrell TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This debut film by Julie Gavras, daughter of famed Greek-born director Costa-Gavras (e.g., Z, 1969), was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. In addition to directing, Julie Gavras also collaborated with Arnaud Cathrine on the script which they adapted from a novel by Italian novelist Domitilla Calamai. What is striking about the story is the way it reconstructs how girls become social, how they learn about their world, how they question it, and how they reconcile the contradictions, and how they grow up.

Doing the growing up is nine-year-old Anna de la Mesa, played with fidelity, wit, and skill beyond her years by Nina Kervel-Bey. She is bourgeois to the core, following the lead of her maternal grandparents, who own a vineyard in Bordeaux, and her favorite nanny and housekeeper who lost everything to the Communists when Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba. Her parents, however, are infatuated with the Left, especially with the rise of Allende to power in Chile. The year is 1970-71.

Anna loves their house and garden and going to Catholic school. She is proper and sensible. When they lose their house, and have to let the nanny go, and end up renting an apartment in Paris, Anna is upset and demands to know why things have changed. When it appears that they don't have as much money, Anna begins turning off the lights and turning down the heat to save money. When they want her to transfer to the public school, she demurs and a compromise is made: she can continue to go to Catholic school but she is not allowed to take Bible studies. So when that time of the day comes, she has to stand up and go outside the classroom door and wait.

But Anna is strong emotionally and intellectually.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 24 Dec 2010
Ignore Monk's bizarre review, the film couldn't be less exploitative.

It's an unusual story which examines unsentimentally, humourously, and without judgement, the effects of idealistic adults' political beliefs on their children. It contrasts the safe, conservative, bourgeois milieu in which the children have grown up, with the unorthodox, unpredictable world they find themselves drawn into by their parents' new political affiliations.

The film makes clever use of a child's perspective to point up absurdities in adult behaviour. Similar then in theme to 'What Maisie Knew' by Henry James & the novel 'Love Child' by Allegra Huston.

It benefits from marvelously understated performances - particularly Anna, whose miraculously unaffected turn puts winsome, practiced-cute American child stars to shame. There's some influence from Eric Rohmer in the film's throwaway ease, its engagement with ideas, & moments of comedy.

In summary - a thoughtful & charming film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Understated 21 Dec 2010
Well, I hardly knew what to expect having read the two preceding reviews, but I liked this film a lot.

Having watched too many flash-bang films lately that assaulted my senses with Hollywood-style techniques, I loved the understatement. The treatment of the opposing viewpoints of adults was remarkably even-handed. I won't attempt to duplicate the very full description given by a previous reviewer, save to comment that the little girl was not required to stand during "le catéchisme" but was politely asked to go and sit in, as I remember it, the "salle d'études". The nuns were portrayed as caring teachers, whatever their beliefs.

I found the film charming from start to finish. As to another reviewer saying it uses a child to generate emotions in the viewer, I would say that it is very similar to the Alice stories of Lewis Carroll in that a child is used to show up the hypocrisy and twisted logic used by adults. If that is wrong, then some fine books and films will have to be discarded. I found this film admirably free of any kind of exploitation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but.... 14 May 2013
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An interesting but slightly dated film, worth a watch but I am not adding it to my collection, quite well made but overall it did not appeal to me.
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