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Only Human (2004)

Seres queridos (original title)
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A mismatched couple discovers that whatever can go wrong will go wrong during a family visit in this warm comedy.

Directors:

Dominic Harari, Teresa Pelegri (as Teresa De Pelegri)
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillermo Toledo Guillermo Toledo ... Rafi
Marián Aguilera ... Leni Dali
María Botto ... Tania Dali
Fernando Ramallo ... David Dalenski
Norma Aleandro ... Gloria Dali
Alba Molinero Alba Molinero ... Paula Dali
Max Berliner ... Dudu Dali
Mario Martín ... Ernesto Dali
Emiliana Olmedo Emiliana Olmedo ... Old Lady Thief
Balbino Lacosta Balbino Lacosta ... Neighbor Downstairs (as Balbino Acosta)
Paco Martínez Paco Martínez ... Night Security
Manuel Rodal Manuel Rodal ... Man in Office
Sara Deray Sara Deray ... Woman in Office
Ramata Koite ... Prostitute No. 1
Yohana Cobo ... Prostitute No. 2
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Storyline

Leni takes Rafi to meet her family in Madrid. Leni's family is Jewish - mother, father, older sister and daughter, brother, and grandfather. Rafi is Palestinian, in Spain since age 12. Before her father returns from work, Leni reveals Rafi's origins. He accidentally drops a block of frozen soup out the flat window, probably killing a passerby. Leni initiates a cover-up and Rafi figures out the body is probably Leni's father. The body disappears and without telling the rest of the family what they know, Leni and Rafi organize a search for dad. Mom is sure he's having an affair. Leni's belly-dancing sister kisses Rafi. Her brother grabs a rifle to shoot the Arab. Can anything be put right? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Verve Pictures [UK]

Country:

Spain | Argentina | Portugal | UK

Language:

Spanish | Hebrew | Arabic | English

Release Date:

9 July 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Only Human See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,590, 18 June 2006

Gross USA:

$284,961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,050,376
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Remade by Bollywood as the film "Total Chaos", turning the Jewish and Palestinian lovers into Indian and Pakistani. See more »

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Remade as Total Chaos (2014) See more »

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Funniest thing I've seen for ages
4 August 2005 | by peter-257See all my reviews

I knew nothing about this film, and 'Spanish comedy' was not a genre I was familiar with or had particular expectations of. But this turned out to be the funniest thing I have seen for a long time. It has pure farce, played with impeccable timing, with such unlikely props as a tub of frozen soup and a duckling. It has wild satire both of religious fundamentalism and of amoral sexual behaviour and several other things in between. It centres on the relationship between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man, and although it casts no profound light on their situation, it manages to portray them without excessive stereotyping and to include one quick fire debate which contains a potted history of the entire conflict without losing comic momentum. Yet it leaves all the characters with some shreds of human dignity, in spite of their farcical characteristics.


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