Only Human

(Seres Queridos)


Directed by
Dominic Harari, Teresa de Pelegri
89 mins

March 14th 2006



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Leni arrives home to introduce her fiancÚ Rafi  to her Jewish family for the first time. Her mother Gloria, her promiscuous sister Tania, Tania's contrary 8 year old daughter Paula, her recently orthodox brother David and her blind grandfather Dudu. Everything goes wonderfully until the lovers reveal that Rafi is Palestinian. With his future mother-in-law Gloria unhinged by the news, Rafi tries to ingratiate himself by helping in the kitchen. To make matters worse he accidentally drops the soup he was meant to defrost out the seventh floor window, hitting a pedestrian below. Rafi sneaks downstairs to check on the body and retrieve the soup. Having seen the victim, Rafi rushes upstairs not knowing what to do! As he returns to the kitchen he notices a family portrait of Leni's father, which bears a very close resemblance to the corpse lying outside.........

" Only Human's farcical humour isn't nearly as broad as its humanist message, but it is full of life"

Reviewed by Matt McNally, BBC Films


" A spirited Spanish farce replete with gross misunderstandings, eccentric characters, unfortunate coincidences and hastily constructed cover stories - it's the sort of thing Basil Fawlty might get into if he'd married Manuel's sister"

Reviewed by Steve Rose, Guardian Unlimited


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