Blame It On Fidel (12A)

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The Independent Culture

So often films try to sell the line that children are wild and free compared to their stuffy parents; whereas children can be the most conservative creatures in the world. It's Paris, 1970: nine-year-old Anna (Nina Kervel) is dismayed when her father chucks in his lawyer's job to work for radical causes, and her mother stops writing cookery articles for Marie-Claire and embarks on a book about abortion. Suddenly Anna is living in a tiny apartment with no servants and keeping company with bearded South Americans – and the things she takes pride in mean nothing.

From this distance in time, her parents' politics seem almost quaint; but Gavras (daughter of the leftist director Costa-Gavras) never looks down on her subjects – literally, as the camera is usually at child's-eye-level – and the comedy always feels enriching rather than demeaning.

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