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. ...
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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. 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
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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