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L'auberge espagnole (2002)

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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:
Isabelle (as Cécile De France)
Wendy (as Keilly Reilly)
Federico D'Anna ...
Alessandro (as Fédérico D'anna)
Christian Pagh ...
Xavier de Guillebon ...
Jean-Charles Perrin
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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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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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,309, 18 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,895,664, 21 September 2003
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


[first lines]
Xavier: It all started here. At take off. No, this isn't a story about taking off. Yeah, that's the real beginning.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, each actor is credited along with the flag of the country where their character is from. See more »


Referenced in Les poupées russes (2005) See more »


Le Rêve de l'hippocampe
Performed by Mathieu Dury (as Kouz-1)
(Loïc Dury (as L. Dury) / Mathieu Dury (as M. Dury))
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Highly enjoyable.
8 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Cliché-avoidance is one of this film's main achievements. When you hear a vague outline of the story – Erasmus students of mixed nationalities sharing a flat in Barcelona – you predict a collection of Euro-stereotypes in a farcical tangle. Pas du tout! In fact, it's a finely judged comedy about a young Frenchman, Xavier, trying to make sense of human relationships. There are some excellently observed minor roles (the arrogant French neurologist, the insufferably irrepressible brother of the English girl, Xavier's forlorn mother) and some fine visual humour, especially in the opening scenes mocking the bureacratic complexity of the application procedure. So what does Xavier learn about relationships? Nothing positive. In place of a conventionally happy ending, there is a regrettably portentous finale about `Identity' – Xavier has ‘become' all the friends he made. Nevertheless, this highly enjoyable film deserves its great success. I saw it in Luxembourg with a mixed Euro-audience, who enjoyed themselves hugely and even applauded at the end.

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