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The Spanish Apartment (2002)
"L'auberge espagnole" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  20 June 2003 (USA)
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A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship.

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Storyline

As part of a job that he is promised, Xavier, an economics student in his twenties, signs on to a European exchange program in order to gain working knowledge of the Spanish language. Promising that they'll remain close, he says farewell to his loving girlfriend, then heads to Barcelona. Following his arrival, Xavier is soon thrust into a cultural melting pot when he moves into an apartment full of international students. An Italian, an English girl, a boy from Denmark, a young girl from Belgium, a German and a girl from Tarragona all join him in a series of adventures that serve as an initiation to life. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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They came from Paris, Rome, London and Berlin to... l'Auberge Espagnole ...where a year can change a lifetime. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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20 June 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Spanish Apartment  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,373,992 (France) (28 June 2002)

Gross:

$3,895,664 (USA) (19 September 2003)
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Trivia

In the English subtitles, several sections are purposefully translated incorrectly to preserve the humorous nature of the film. The list of strange names around Paris is changed to "Honolulu, Punxsutawney, Piccadilly, Massachusetts, Saskatoon and Machu Picchu."

In the scene in which Wendy mispronounces "Xavier n'est pas la..." the English subtitles say "Xavier eez not here..." See more »

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When Tobias is talking with William, he grabs a highlighter and a ruler to mark his textbook. In the next shot, we see him underline with a pen and the highlighter is nowhere to be seen. See more »

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Xavier: He was just like the jerks I always try to avoid. Why was he so desperate to talk to me?
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La Cocinera
Performed by Mala Rodríguez (as Mala Rodriguez)
(Mala Rodríguez (as Maria Rodriguez Garrido))
Produced by José Maria Nafria Aguado
Ediciones Doctor Yo
(P) 2000 Superego / Courtesy of Superego
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Spot on!
15 September 2011 | by (Malebolge) – See all my reviews

I think anyone who when young has moved to a foreign city, especially alone, would immediately recognize and appreciate the truths apparent in this film. Certainly everyone's experiences are different but some things, the initial disorientation, the difficulties and pleasure of adapting to a new and very different set of friends, the joys of eventual acceptance and adaption of a new routine; these are probably universal. This film depicts all of this very well.

The Spanish Apartment rings especially true for me. Almost ten years ago I moved from NYC to Antwerp for one year then on to Barcelona, where I am living still. I was a bit older than the film's characters (late 20 's) but my experience was eerily similar. I lived just blocks away from their apartment, in Raval, and recognized many of the streets and locales. Myself, a Slovak girl I was dating, three male apartment mates from Bolivia, France and Italy. I made tons of expat friends from all over Europe (many of whom departed long ago) and eventually Spanish friends as well.

I'm older now and settled down but watching this, I was overwhelmed with nostalgia and wished that I could travel back in time if only to relive one of those glorious weekends.

If you've never done anything like this watching The Spanish Apartment may be the next best thing.

The Barcelona tourist office should probably pay me for this.


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