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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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Je ne sais pas pourquoi le monde est devenu un tel bordel 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:

EUR5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,692, 23 March 2003

Gross USA:

$3,897,799

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,272,835
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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

As Xavier makes his way to his new job near the end of the film, he is wearing a coat, tie, and jeans, and he has his hands in his pockets. But when he gets there, he is wearing slacks that go with the coat, and he is carrying a briefcase. 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

Aerodynamic
Performed by Daft Punk
(Thomas Bangalter (as T. Bangalter) / Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo (as G-M De Homen-Christo))
© Delabel Editions / Daft Music for France
Zomba Music for World Excluding France
(P) 2001 Daft Life Ltd
From the album Discovery
With the kind authorization of Delabel Editions / Daft Music / Virgin France
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Could have been SO much better
29 June 2003 | by arikdeSee all my reviews

"L'Auberge Espagnole" (LAE) tells the story of modern Europe - an Europe that struggles with unification issues while trying to maintain the identities of each of its individual members. Set against this background, LAE is a coming-of-age story of Xavier - a graduate student from Paris who moves to Barcelona to learn Spanish - apparently a sure fire way of landing a job @ the MoF in Paris.

Leaving behind his girlfriend (Audrey Tautou), he finds himself sharing a Barcelona apartment with a group of fellow 20-somethings from across Europe. The city, with its striking architecture, nearby beaches, and buzzing nightlife, offers Xavier a wealth of opportunities, and he comes to enjoy the camaraderie of communal living. But will his friendship with a shy married woman (a very SULTRY Judith Godràche) lead to romantic fulfilment?

Klapisch's screenplay, though, has its share of comic stereotyping: it's the laddish British visitor (Kevin Bishop) who provides the "jokey" Hitler salute and walk, and it's the German guy who believes in a disciplined revision schedule. The Italian who is always late, disorganized and into techno (and wears cool shoes), and the Danish who like his country does not play a significant role.

However, the movie disappoints as Xavier's romantic entanglements feel underpowered - besides, I was left with the feeling that he learns too many of life's lessons without really having a strong grasp.

I left the theatre disappointed - while a fun film, everything seemed to be surface like - the exploration of the supporting characters, the lessons of life Xavier learns, and the ending - all seems a bit too shallow in face of the messages that were trying to be conveyed.


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