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L'Auberge Espagnole (2003)



Critic Consensus: This multicultural comedy captures the chaos and excitement of being young.

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A man eager to learn Spanish gets an education he wasn't expecting in this comedy drama. Xavier (Romain Duris) is a French economics student who is nearing the completion of his degree and is looking for work. Xavier's father arranges for him to meet a ranking member of the Ministry of Finance, who makes him an offer -- he can give him a good job, but only under the condition that he learn to speak Spanish. Determined not to pass up the opportunity, Xavier enrolls in a language program in Barcelona, despite the misgivings of his girlfriend, Martine (Audrey Tautou). Upon his arrival, Xavier moves into a large house shared by a large group of students from all over Europe. Xavier finds that his ideas and attitudes are challenged in a positive way by the diverse personalities of his housemates, and that his loyalty to Martine is tested by his attraction to Anne-Sophie (Judith Godrèche), a sweet but lonesome woman from France who has been away from her husband for too long. After a visit, most of Xavier's roommates decide they don't much care for Martine and Xavier gets advice on seducing Anne-Sophie from an unexpected source -- Isabelle (Cécile de France), a footloose lesbian living in the house. L'Auberge Espagnole received its world premier at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, and went on to earn prizes at the 2002 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the 2003 Lumière Awards, and the 2003 César Awards.

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Judith Godrèche
as Anne-Sophie
Federico D'Anna
as Alessandro
Kevin Bishop
as William
Wladimir Yordanoff
as Jean Charles Perrin
Iddo Goldberg
as Alistair
Martine Demaret
as Xavier's Mother
Paulina Gálvez
as Flamenco Teacher
as Xavier's Father
Sylvie Lachat
as University Secretary
Magali Roze
as Stewardess
Shilpa Baliga
as Nurse Miralpeix
Pere Sagrista
as Catalan Teacher
Pere Abello
as Innkeeper
Babou Cham
as Catalan Student 1
Dani Grao
as Catalan Student 2
Ivan Morales
as Catalan Student 3
Arsene Royer
as Lars's Son
Sophie Delin
as Hotel Neighbor
Pablo Klapisch
as Xavier's Child
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Critic Reviews for L'Auberge Espagnole

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (36)

[Its] cheery characters are ultimately stuck wending their way through wackily contrived scenarios fit for a sitcom.

April 24, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Yet another example of writer/director Klapisch's way of finding fresh new insights within the most mundane of circumstances.

October 17, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A film whose limitations are the same as its appeal: It's a bauble.

October 17, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

It features four of the most erotically and emotionally delectable female performances I have seen in one film this year.

June 26, 2003

Much of the charm of this film is in its understanding of the great fluidity of romantic relationships -- especially before people decide to settle down.

June 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

As he did in When the Cat's Away, Klapisch demonstrates an understanding for the way young people caught between the demands of adulthood and their lingering adolescence behave.

June 13, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for L'Auberge Espagnole

It's unfortunate that this film's marketing outside of Europe relied so much on Audrey Tautou, post-Amélie--be advised, she's barely in the movie. What you will find here, however, is light Linklater-ish fare: a deceptively simple story about a summer abroad and all the discovery and temptations and challenges that come with it. It works largely in types, but the characters are memorable and the style (both narrative and visual) aren't the same old cookie-cutter stuff. Quite enjoyable, in all.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


A lovely, funny and touching film about friendship and love that will please even more those who know what it is like to live abroad, and it portrays with a charming sincerity the insecurities and fears of youth through a group of characters that we easily relate to and care about.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


French student's coming-of-age story. Reminded me of a European version of Haruki Murakami's "Norwegian Wood", but I found the events in this one a little more prosaic / less magical.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

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