A thoroughly satisfying screwball comedy from Spain about a young woman who brings her Palestinian boyfriend home to her Jewish family. The overbearing mother tells her right away that it will never work, the zealous brother suspects terrorism, the absent father might be dead or cheating, a bellydancing sister threatens to steal the increasingly disoriented fiancé, and her little daughter pops up in all the wrong places at the wrong time–say, the business end of her blind grandfather’s rifle. Frozen soup turns into a deadly projectile, wounded ducks run wild, and of course, dinner is ruined.
Unlike the recent German farce Go for Zucker!, Only Human never gets bogged down under the weight of its issues but manages to tackle its serious moments deftly and without losing momentum. If only the real conflict could be solved with a hearty shouting match and a make-up kiss. Directed by Dominic Harari and Teresa de Pelegri, with Norma Aleandro, Guillermo Toledo, and Marián Aguilera. Only Human is now playing in theaters. 4 out of 5 stars. [Posted by Jürgen.]