La Faute à Fidel (Blame it on Fidel) is a 2006 French film depicting the political and cultural changes taking place in France and primarily Paris in the early 1970s. The film follows a nine year old girl and her little brother as their family undergoes several changes and experiences different political events. The family abandon their French bourgeois home and lives in order to become political activists.
The movie is incorrigible in its accurate depiction of how children understand ideology and political change through the actions – both human and hypocritical – of their parents. Even when children are equipped with no over-simplified and glib answers but with honest discussion they still condense politics into something they can fit into their lives such as the behaviour they see exhibited. As the movie progresses Anna develops her own opinions amalgamating different ideologies, mythologies, and theologies. The movie arduously argues that children are not apolitical creatures and that they are not born apathetic to politics. In fact they gather it from the sources most accessible to them, whether that is the news or their parents or schoolmates. Anna soon finds out those vilified by her parents (the Fascists in Spain and the right-wing militias in Latin America) also vilify her parents. This complicates her understanding of the world and these ideologies; that every ideological dialogue is rampant with social and cultural misconceptions. Not every family has had such a dire change in their political life, but almost every child can acknowledge the discussions and events that formed their current political identity. In the end, Anna acknowledges that Fidel did not actively ruin her childhood; he was only the starting point for a conversation about politics and society. And that is a revolution that lasts for life.