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Only Human (2004)

Cast: Norma Aleandro, Norma Aleandro, Guillermo Toledo, more...
Director: Teresa de Peligri, Teresa de Peligri, Dominic Harari, more...
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Studio: Magnolia
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Foreign, Television
Running Time: 86 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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A mismatched couple discovers that whatever can go wrong will go wrong during a family visit in this comedy. Leni (Marian Aguilera) is a television reporter from a Jewish family in Spain. One weekend, Leni drops by her family's home for a visit, with her new boyfriend, college professor Rafi (Guillermo Toledo), in tow. Rafi is more than a bit nervous about meeting Leni's family -- chronically nervous mother Gloria (Norma Aleandro), blustery father Ernesto (Mario Martin), dance-student sister Tania (Marķa Botto), straight-laced bother David (Fernando Ramallo), and addled grandfather Dudu (Max Berliner). But Leni quickly makes matters worse when she announces to her family, who are waiting for Ernesto to return from work, that Rafi just happens to be Palestinian. Matters become a bit tense after that, and while joking with Leni with a block of frozen soup in the kitchen, Rafi accidentally drops the package out the window -- hitting a man on the head who might be Ernesto. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Romeo & Juliet, Palestinian & Jew by talltale October 22, 2006 - 9:16 AM PDT
A screwball comedy that gets by due to the absolute honesty of its performers (no matter how outrageous the situation) and a director/writer team who evidently insists on this, ONLY HUMAN does the Romeo/Juliet theme in modern dress, a la "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and countless others, but with more finesse. Here, the combo is Jewish/Palestinian, and it works as well as ever. No great shakes but very entertaining, the movie offers lots of laughs--and those expert performances, including Argentina's great Norma Aleandro--all in a concise 93 minutes, with the he/she belly dance a delightful highlight.

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