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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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Cédric Klapisch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Xavier
Judith Godrèche ... Anne-Sophie
Audrey Tautou ... Martine
Cécile de France ... Isabelle (as Cécile De France)
Kelly Reilly ... Wendy (as Keilly Reilly)
Cristina Brondo ... Soledad
Federico D'Anna Federico D'Anna ... Alessandro (as Fédérico D'anna)
Barnaby Metschurat ... Tobias
Christian Pagh Christian Pagh ... Lars
Kevin Bishop ... William
Xavier de Guillebon Xavier de Guillebon ... Jean-Michel
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Jean-Charles Perrin
Irene Montalà ... Neus (as Irène Montala)
Javier Coromina ... Juan
Iddo Goldberg ... Alistair
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

France | Spain

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spanish Apartment See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 »

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Soundtracks

Que viva la noche
Performed by Sonia & Selena
(X. Ten / J. Guillem / G. Galofre)
© Punto Music Publishing, S.L. / Novel Music, 2001
Courtesy of (P) Vale Music Spain, S.L., 2001
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Spot on!
15 September 2011 | by malebrancheSee 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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