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L'Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) (2003)

Romain Duris , Judith Godrèche , Cédric Klapisch  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Romain Duris, Judith Godrèche, Kelly Reilly, Audrey Tautou, Cécile De France
  • Directors: Cédric Klapisch
  • Writers: Cédric Klapisch
  • Producers: Bruno Levy, Jacques Royer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: December 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C9JFO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,658 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "L'Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)" on IMDb

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  • In French with optional subtitles

Editorial Reviews

Seven sexy co-eds. One Spanish apartment. No rules. A single year of learning turns into an outrageous adventure of a lifetime in this "fresh, captivating comedy" (Newsday) that has audiences and critics cheering around the world! Xavier (Romain Duris) is a straight-laced French college senior who moves to Barcelona as part of a exchange program, much to the dismay of his beautiful Martine (Audrey Tautou). But sharing cramped quarters with students from all over Europe quickly leads to multi-cultural chaos as Xavier gets a hilarious, eye-opening lesson on how to live, love, laugh?and party!

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebirth Under The Spanish Sun September 15, 2003
In the tradition of many French films, L'Auberge Espagnole is a warm,well written, coming of age and semi autobiographical movie that is guaranteed to stay with you long after you watch it.Cedric Klapish does a wonderful job in telling a story that at first look does not seem to say much, but hides many realizations, which the viewer will subtley unravel one by one. The plot seems simple enough: Xavier a young French student (played wonderfully by Roman Duris)is preparing his future life and career in the EU commision thanks to his father's connections, provided that he acquires a masters degrees in Spanish economics. He goes to Barcelona,leaving his girlfriend behind (Amelie's Audrey Tatou),and after staying with a French couple he meets at the airport, he finally gets a room in a flat he shares with others European students,from Italy, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Belgium and England.He is estatic about his new lodgings and the good vibes he gets from it, little does he know that his life is about to change forever from that moment on.
His plans for a secure career, and his mundane and sheltered life comes gradually under attack from his experiences with his roommates in a foreign city he comes to love: An affair with the wife of a French doctor (the excellent Judith Godreche)the same couple he stayed with on his arrival,his lesson of seduction by a lesbian (the gorgeous Cecile de France),who becomes his best friend, a friendship first sealed by their common love of the music of Ali Fakre Toure (I thought what an original way to seal a friendship!),and the love of life in all its colours he soon discovers.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyous mosaic of life in the European Union February 25, 2004
"L'auberge espagnole" was playing at the time I lived in Spain (fall 2002), but somehow I never got around to seeing it. Now, more than a year later after returning home, this charming film made me realize how much I enjoyed my experiences studying in Spain, cherished my friendships with other Erasmus students, and relived the embarrassing "fish out of water" moments that made my stay so memorable.
Directed by Cédric Klapisch, "L'auberge espagnole" tells the tale of Xavier (Romain Duris), a twentysomething Parisian studying economics. Xavier decides to spend a year at the Universitat de Barcelona as an Erasmus student (a university exchange between EU member countries), and along the way he meets an assortment of other European students, locals, and transplanted French (a local at a bar offers to teach him "puta madre" Spanish, which made me laugh out loud.)
Xavier arrives in Barcelona disoriented and brokenhearted at having to leave his girlfriend and the comfort of familiarity behind. Weighted down by a myriad of bags (which brought back plenty of memories of my arriving in Spain similarly loaded down), he wanders the unfamiliar streets, alone and friendless, not speaking either language fluently (Castillano, the official language of Spain, and Catalán, the official language of Catalunya and Barcelona). After ditching the morose boarding accommodations provided by a friend of his hippie mother's, Xavier begins the grueling and expensive task of finding a flat.
His search lands him in a flat with six other Erasmus students: Londoner Wendy (a noted clean freak), Aragonese Soledad, the gorgeous Italian Alessandro, Tobias from Germany, the Dane Lars, and latecomer Isabelle from Belgium.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Youth, Joy and Panache January 11, 2004
L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE is to films what 'Catcher in the Rye' is to books - a wonder-full romp through the coming of age of multinational youths who are simultaneously dissimilar and similar. The inception of the film is artful with extraordinary camera effects, gradually introducing all the characters we will encounter by means of clever frames within frames and woven words with images. The story is straightforward: Xavier is a bright Parisian boy (Romain Duris, who truly holds this film together), living with his hippie vegetarian mother, and under the influence of the 'adults' who counsel him to learn Spanish, get his MA in Barcelona, then return to Paris as an Economist versed in the Spanish market (remember the 'Graduate' and plastics?).
With much anxiety over leaving his Paris, his native language, and his girlfriend (the always lovely Audrey Tautou), he flies to Barcelona. There he is befriended by a Neurologist (whose new wife is to become his paramour), and finally finds an apartment shared by 5 of the most refreshing youths ever gathered under one roof - German, Italian, British, Danish, Spanish, and now French. It is the intermingling of these lives that is the joy of the story and we are witness to their foibles, idiosyncrasies, national traits, bonding, affairs, and finally their influence on the refreshed Xavier's world view. After a year of social and intellectual and emotional learning, Xavier flies back to Paris to accept his "new life" as a boring economics executive, only to wake up and return to the city of joy - Barcelona, Spain.
Each of this large cast is excellent, drawing portraits of people we know so well by the end of the that WE could (or could wish to) have as roommates. The photography captures the beauty of Barcelona with lingering glimpses of Gaudi architecture, the ocean, and the vistas. But it is in the end the wonder capturing of our youth (or dreams of same) that makes this movie so special. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars must watch
Really good movie!
Published 10 days ago by etienne smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun. Light. Tres french.
Makes one yearn to be young, almost to be carefree/careless again.
Published 3 months ago by rll
4.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began for Xavier & Co: "you get out of it what you put...
In anticipation of watching the most recent chapter of this on-going saga (this year's "Chinese Puzzle" is the 3rd movie in this unexpected franchise), I decided to watch... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul Allaer
2.0 out of 5 stars Different
Not exactly what we expected.
French language was ok.
I don't know... I guess we have to be college age to enjoy this to the max.
Published 4 months ago by Ana Moreira
1.0 out of 5 stars Edited for 3 x 4 aspect ratio
I give this movie an IMDB 8. The problem is that this DVD is edited to fit on the old 3 x 4 aspect ratio that no one has any more.
Published 4 months ago by Charles Calthrop
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films!
This film takes me back to my traveling years during college! The acting and settings make for a fun filled movie.
Published 6 months ago by Eden Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
There are so many reviews here, that I can't really add much more. This was a gem of a movie. It was fun, romantic, and delightful. The acting was superb and I loved the storyline. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christopher Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Undeniably amazing!
Such tenderness, sweetness and comedy in a film is disarming. Why don't they ever make American films like this? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
subject, acting, humor. I loved it, my students loved it, my non French-speaking son loved it. I would grade it with an A+
Published 10 months ago by mabel basterrechea
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up!
Great addition to my movie collection, together with Russian Dolls, the sequence of this L'auberge
I love most the reality of European movies comparing to Hollywood ( nothing... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cammie
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