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16/06/2006
Only Human review by: Caroline Westbrook
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Only Human
Only Human

In this fast-paced, quirky comedy Spanish Jewish girl Leni (Marian Aguilera) brings her fiancé Rafi (Guillermo Toledo) home to meet the family one Friday night – but the evening quickly takes a turn for the worse when they discover he is Palestinian.

To make matters worse, his efforts to impress his beloved's family fall flat when he begins to believe he has killed his future father-in-law by dropping a block of frozen soup on his head.

With its frantic bursts of farce and its array of eccentric, colourful characters (from Leni's wizened old grandfather through to her fussy, ultra-Orthodox brother), it's easy to see why Only Human has invited comparisons to the early work of legendary director Pedro Almodovar. At times, however, it tries a little too hard for its own good.

When it works, it works very well indeed, but some of the set-pieces are just too self-consciously wacky for their own good and fall a little flat. But it's a likeable film whose heart is in the right place, and thanks to a lively, witty script and some appealing performances , especially from Toledo as the bemused Rafi and veteran Spanish actress Norma Aleandro as family matriarch Gloria, it makes for enjoyable viewing.

Only Human is now out on limited release in the USA through Magnolia Pictures.

 
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