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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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As already mentioned, the film acurately portrays the steryotypes of the various nationalities, and with it being in three languages, and with a mix of so many cultures, it works for everyone. I just watched it (in french) the other night with two other english people, a german and a chetch, and we all loved it.
Xavier leaves his parents and his girlfriend Martine (Audrey Tautou) behind, but he meets lots of new people and survives to cultural shock. He also starts an affair with the lonely wife of another Frenchman, and goes to Economy classes at the university. But what will charm the viewer is the chaotic life Xavier will have in the apartment he will share with other foreign students. In a way, the apartment is a little piece of the European Union, with people from Italy, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Spain and France. Of course, there are lots of linguistic misunderstandings, but also an enormous amount of amusing situations and good-natured fun.
I specially appreciated the fact that the scriptwriter and the director (Cedric Klapisch) managed to convey many of the phases a foreign student goes through. For example, when Xavier says that "When you first arrive in a new city, nothing makes sense", but "After you've lived here, walked these streets, you'll know them inside out. You'll know these people. Once you've lived here, crossed this street 10, 20, 1000 times... it'll belong to you because you've lived there".
At the end, Xavier learns Spanish, but also about friendships, relationships and himself. In a way, watching this movie will allow you to be "there" with him throughout the whole process. And truth to be told, that is many things but never boring. Give this movie a try, I promise it is fun :)
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.Read more ›
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The product is in good condition. No issue whatsoever, and so its a very good price for a decent film. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mildly amusing. Not as good as I'd hoped, not as reminiscent of Barcelona as I'd hoped. Humour pretty juvenile. It's really most suitable for late teens.Published 6 months ago by Rose Sakura
I am an Erasmus student myself and good relate to the story. Judith Godreche is disappointing.Published 12 months ago by MC Capel
Brilliant movies. It was good to watch them again, especially now they've released a sequel (The Chinese Puzzle).Published 15 months ago by Acroustique
Very good, personally prefer its 2 sequels but still enjoyable.Published 18 months ago by Graham Dixon
Not all that it's been cracked up to be over the years . I was disappointed .Published 21 months ago by NSW