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Seres queridos (2004)

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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. ... See full summary »

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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 Fernando Ramallo ... David Dalenski
Norma Aleandro ... Gloria Dali
Alba Molinero Alba Molinero ... Paula Dali
Max Berliner ... Dudu Dali
Mario Martín 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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$282,998, 8 October 2006
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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 Siyapaa (2014) See more »

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My top comedy of all time...
26 May 2006 | by crispapplestrudelsSee all my reviews

I know some people would look down on my 10 star rating for this film (I just checked the voting rates for this movie and am so surprised that a few people could be so callously lacking in humour as to give this gem of a film 1 star). Anyway, it is my personal favourite, and not only because this film makes you laugh and laugh throughout the entire film. I saw this at the Irish Film Festival a couple of years ago, the theatre was jam-packed and the audience could barely catch their breaths between laughing their arses off after each new set piece presented itself. The acting and comic timing from the entire ensemble cast is absolutely top-notch.

To me however, this is much more than just a "great" comedy, because it is a comedy based on situational absurdities that are in turn based on a very real yet absurd situation - the Israeli/Palestinian situation. To be able to make humour out of a very depressing real world situation, to laugh at the real absurdities of the world, this is what makes this comedy infinitely human and touching as well as being laugh-out-loud funny. After I left the cinema, what stayed with me wasn't just the many many funny scenes which left me giggling for days afterwards, but also the heart of the movie about what it is to relate to other people different from our own and how great it would be if we could only laugh at ourselves and our own absurd assumptions and behaviours a bit more.

A really lovely and genuinely funny movie, heartily recommended. This film just deserves to be seen by lots and lots more people who simply enjoy a good laugh; as well as by those who are deeply in need of a light-hearted perspective on the absurd life situations they find themselves in.


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