L'auberge espagnole (2002)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy (as Keilly Reilly)
Federico D'Anna ...
Alessandro (as Fédérico D'anna)
Xavier De Guillebon ...
Wladimir Yordanoff ...
Neus (as Irène Montala)
Javier Coromina ...


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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 June 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'auberge espagnole  »

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Box Office


€5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


The first instalment of a trilogy written and directed by Cédric Klapisch, which follows the journey of Xavier from student to family man. This is followed by "Les poupées russes", released in 2005, and completed with "Casse-tête chinois", released in 2013. See more »


When Xavier is at the airport getting ready to leave for Barcelona, he goes to talk to Martine and then returns to his mother and picks up his small backpack. He then goes back to Martine, without his backpack, returns to his mother and picks up his backpack again. See more »


Isabelle: It's a shame you're not a girl.
Xavier: The world's badly made.
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In the opening credits, each actor is credited along with the flag of the country where their character is from. See more »


Referenced in European confusiòn: Making-of 'L'auberge espagnole' (2002) See more »


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Great authentic movie about student life
20 May 2003 | by (Salzburg, Austria) – See all my reviews

This is a very well done film showing the life of international students during their "Erasmus year" in Barcelona which by the way is one of the most beautiful towns in Europe and is an ideal location.

The idea itself with all the different languages is great and gives the film an original atmosphere. There are some clichés about the countries but most of them are true! The characters could not better represent their different countries.

Having experienced "Erasmus" on myself during my exchang semester in Italy I can say that is movie is incredibly authentic. I had many experiences which were similar to the characters (except I didn't get laid as often). The movie is also quite funny yet not like all those stupid American college movies.

Finally the movie touches also some important issues like the change from student to work life.

9/10 (I may not be very objective though)

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