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Pot Luck [DVD][2002]

Romain Duris , Judith Godrèche , Cédric Klapisch    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Romain Duris, Judith Godrèche, Audrey Tautou, Cécile De France, Kelly Reilly
  • Directors: Cédric Klapisch
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound, Colour
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinefile
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00061RZF6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,674 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Inter-European rites-of-passage comedy drama about seven students of different nationalities sharing a flat in Barcelona. Romain Duris stars as Xavier, a French economics student who, through a connection of his father's, is offered a good job at the Ministry of Finance on the condition that he learns Spanish. He immediately enrols on a language programme in Barcelona, despite the misgivings of his girlfriend, Martine (Audrey Tautou, star of 'Amelie') and moves into 'l'auberge Espagnole' (the Spanish apartment), where the diverse personalities of his fellow housemates change his life forever. The film premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A story of European integration 15 April 2009
By Chris M
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L'Auberge Espagnol is a feel-good movie with a European flavour. Following the steps of a French student in Barcelona, the viewer is transported into the world of student living as part of the ERASMUS student exchange programme. The trials and tribulations of a group of students from various European backgrounds are genuinely portrayed as they spend a year in the beautiful Catalan city. Audrey Tautou, although the main face and name of the movie actually only plays a minor role. Nonetheless, this movie is recommended to anyone who would like to see European cinema with a youthful twist, as well as anyone interested to see how ERASMUS may broaden a student's horizons and promote a common feeling of unity amongst citizen members of the EU.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Students will be Students.... 11 April 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a friendly, quite fun film that explores European identity and young people getting along - or at least trying to. I'm writing this is as an older person who was never been a student, but was that age, once.

Xavier (Romain Duras), a Parisian who wants to study Economics, goes on an exchange programme to Barcelona and the film charts his successes - and failures - along the way. There's everything from change of language, that Catalan is spoken instead of Spanish at his University and of, course, finding accommodation - that scourge of all students.

When he does finally find somewhere, it's already populated by an assortment of students each from a different country (I think!), including an English girl from London, Kelly Reilly, who happens to end up doing most of the housework. This naturally conjures up the expected sort of mischiefs and misunderstandings, humorous rather than hilarious, more real life than made up comedy. It's during these nicely scatty and warm interludes when the film shines brightest.

Some have accused the individual relationships of both Xavier and Wendy (Reilly) of weakening the strength of the story, but I disagree. They add to the movie's 2 hour length, admittedly and as since both play away from home, so to speak, there's some twists and turns. I enjoyed Xavier's more, partly because his French girlfriend that he leaves behind is the amazingly gorgeous Audrey Tatou (a great excuse to watch the film) and the girl he gets to know intimately, from when she suffers a dizzy spell high up on the Church of Sagrada Familia, the equally lovely Cecile de France, who happens to be married to a neurosurgeon.

Many parts are akin to a backpacker's guide, with lots of street scenes and stuff, which are nice to look at, of course.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review on L'auberge Espagnol 8 Mar 2004
The ERASMUS-SOCRATES scheme is where students have the oppurtunity to study abroad for a year - this film is the first to portray the legendary lifestyle that ERASMUS students have (and quite accurately). The film's sub-plot follows a Parisien student who decides to study in Barcelona for a year. His personal experiences give the film much of the substance, but much of the film also focuses upon the other people (mainly ERASMUS students) that he meets (and lives with) - their stereotypes brilliantly portrayed. One aspect making this film pretty unique is that the spoken language changes continuously from French to English to Spanish. Combined with serious aspects that come with leaving home for a year, are many comical parts too, making this film one to watch. And as it did for me, it will bring back many fond memories to all those people who did ERASMUS, reminding them of what was probably one of the best years of their lives...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Martin
For what they are I enjoyed these films. Just don't expect too much because there is a little bit of hype (especially around the first film) that isn't particularly warranted. Good but by no means great would be my verdict. I actually enjoyed Russian Dolls more than the first film, but despite this I found my contempt for the lead character grew, and by the end of Russian Dolls I just couldn't take Xavier seriously any more. He truly is beyond frustrating. Audrey Tautou is excellent as his ex girlfriend Martine, but she serves no purpose in the second film whatsoever, other than to highlight what a weak man Xavier actually is. Martine is an interesting character, a curious mixture of contradictions that might have been an excellent lead character in a different film, but it is just too difficult to believe that she would have any role in Xavier's life after the way she has treated him. She has an awful streak in here that no man would tolerate.
Big credit to Cédric Klapisch for making the sequel so enjoyable despite the epic frustration surrounding the lead character, he certainly got great performances out of Kelly Reilly, Kevin Bishop & Cécile de France. I don't really see how the third film Casse-tête chinois (Chinese Puzzle) could be either necessary or any good, but I felt that way about Russian Dolls so on that basis I will happily go to the cinema and watch it when it is finally released here in the UK. I trust Klapisch to somehow make a good film against all odds although I can't even begin to imagine how annoying Xavier is going to be by the time he hits 40. The mind boggles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awakening to Love and Life 2 Feb 2008
Xavier is a handsome young Parisian college man who is looking to improve his economic future. He learns from his father's friend who deals in international business that with the European Union, there are great business opportunities by knowing Spanish. He assures Xavier of a position but he needs to obtain a his degree. Xavier participates in an international student exchange program where he will attend University in Barcelona to complete his major. His Spanish is a bit rusty ... He bids good-bye to his tearful but emotionally needy girlfriend Martine and his mother as he boards his flight for Spain.

Xavier meets a French couple on the airplane who help him acclimate to Barcelona, the husband is a neurologist, his wife stays at home. Xavier does some apartment hunting but without fruition. The couple let him stay at their home until he finds a permanent situation to meet his needs during his senior year of college. With great difficulty, he finds an ad for an apartment that suits his wallet size: it is an apartment shared by students from all over Europe: an English girl, a German young man, a Belgian, an Italian, a Spanish young woman, and a student from Denmark.

Xavier's long distance relationship with his girlfriend Martine suffers greatly while he is away. She comes to visit him in Spain and lays a lot of emotional guilt on him. Xavier enters into a new and unanticipated social life with his roommates. They go to tapas bars, dance and get drunk ... as their last year of college draws to a close. One new roommate is needed to make ends meet: they interview a Spanish girl, who it turns out is a lesbian. Xavier and she bond in friendship. She provides him invaluable advice in gratifying a woman's sexual needs.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This DVD is from America and doesn't,
This DVD is from America and doesn't, work in my DVD player
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
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Published 21 days ago by MICHAEL LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Bought this for my daughter who needed to watch it for French A-level. It was easy to track down and came quickly.
Published 4 months ago by Adrienne Craddock
3.0 out of 5 stars Olympian effort to emphasise the White-Christian European 'Meltdown'!
Last 'POT" I saw was shown at the olympics!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pot Luck & Russian Dolls
I had bought this film on the back of the actress Audrey Tatou. Slightly vain I know, possibly even shallow! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jon Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
Watched this film in an attempt to improve my french, good choice because parts of it are in english and other languages so gave me a chance to have a break form concentrating hard... Read more
Published on 25 May 2012 by egreene
2.0 out of 5 stars Anyone remember "Mind Your Language"?
* Review based on the Cinémoi channel screening of "Pot Luck".

My apologies for bringing up a corny 70's sit-com which should perhaps be left forgotten, but that... Read more
Published on 3 April 2012 by Cartimand
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally wrong description
The box says languages are English, Spanish and French. Absolutely false, it's only in French. But the whole product is a mess. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Behu
5.0 out of 5 stars Two stunning movies
These are two of my favourite movies. It's a good idea to buy them both at once because if you like the first half as much as I did, you won't be able to rest until you've seen the... Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by Androo
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