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
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 »
Next to the telephone, on the board indicating how to say a roommate is not there in many languages, the colors on the German flag are wrong. (It looks like a Belgian flag rotated 90 degrees clockwise.) See more »
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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In the opening credits, each actor is credited along with the flag of the country where their character is from. See more »
Performed by Le Choeur Symphonique de Lisbonne et l'orchestre de la Fondation Gulbenkian de Lisbonne
Directed by Michel Corboz
(P) 1977 Erato Disque S.A.
With the kind authorization of Warner Music France, An AOL/Time Warner Company See more »
Great authentic movie about student life
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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