Adapted for the screen and directed by Julie Gavras, Blame it on Fidel focuses on feisty Parisienne girl Anna whose cosy bourgeois life is turned upside down when her parents discover radical socialism. Suddenly thrown into a world of contradictory ideologies, Anna must adjust to her new life and find a way to internalise the well meaning intentions of her parents. It is 1970 and nine-year old Anna (Kervel) is not amused. Seemingly overnight her bourgeois family have decided to abandon their middle class life and transform into leftist radicals. Gone is the grand family pad, gone are the new clothes and, humiliatingly, gone are Anna's beloved Catechism lessons. In their place is a cramped apartment filled with bearded revolutionaries, demonstrations and refugee nannies with strange cooking habits. Meanwhile Anna decides to rebel in her own way.
I thought this film was beautifully executed. The two child actors were brilliant. The colours, the music, the styling were all delightful. Obviously it deals with some difficult issues, but it is an interesting insight into another 'world', bits of which are familiar to me as a child of that era.