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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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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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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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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Les poupées russes (2005) See more »

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No Woman No Cry
(Vincent Ford)
With the kind authorization of Kwark Publishing
Editions Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd / Odnil Music Ftd / Blue Mountain Music Ltd.
Rights administered for the entire world by Rykomusic Ltd.
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The real life Europe is more complicated
27 July 2004 | by shu-fenSee all my reviews

I'm scratching my head thinking about which language I should use to write here, American English, Castilian, Catalan, Danish, English, Flemish, French, German, Italian??? They are all spoken at least once in the movie. Cinch, I just adopt the official language of the housemate recruitment meeting: English.

The Eramus apartment in Barcelona is absolutely a microcosm, a miniature replica of EU where the Europeans are now moving around studying, working, having romance, breaking up, having affair, getting married. However, they may not respect one another, they may not speak one another's language, they may not understand or want to know about the culture and history of other countries, otherwise, William would not so carelessly think that German Nazi, Adolf Hitler are objects for making fun of.

Is EU offering benefits or battles? Xavier was in a loss, every part of his life after leaving Paris for Barcelona: cultural shock, the linguistic misunderstanding, loss of mother tongue (identity, culture, wow means very much here), loss of the relationship with his girlfriend, loss of friendship (after the affair with the physician's wife Judith Godrèche disclosed). Nevertheless, he gained European friends from all European housemates. How they help Wendy to avoid being seen by Alistair when she is having fun with an American man in bed, they act unanimously to run towards their apartment.

Xavier's study is symbolic: Economics. Why the establishment of EU? One of the reasons is to build up power to balance the one that the US has been enjoying for too long in both political and economic arenas. And the film states it pretty clearly which country wants to be the boss of EU. Wendy is the leader of the house who always clean, keep the apartment and "discipline" the other while the serious Xavier successfully gains the trust of the "foreign" landlord. Wendy (UK) is the Minister of Internal Affairs and Xavier (France) is the Minister of Foreign Relations. Anyway, Wendy got a "W" initial which is a few steps ahead of Xavier's "X".

Clever and observant movie about the Europe and its people today. The apartment should take in four more people: British Indian, Swiss Korean (North Asian), French Mauritanian (Arab Muslim) and Spanish Moroccan (Muslin) etc to make a even wider world stage. It will be far more an unexpected intrigue than the real world we experience. Both warming (the people) and warning (the people's relationship).

J'adore this pelicula very much. Vive l'Europe! Viva Europa!


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