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L'auberge espagnole (2002)

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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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 June 2003 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,373,992 (France) (28 June 2002)

Gross:

$3,895,664 (USA) (19 September 2003)
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The first instalment of a trilogy written and directed by Cédric Klapisch, which follows the journey of Xavier from student to family man. This is followed by "Les poupées russes", released in 2005, and completed with "Casse-tête chinois", released in 2013. See more »

Goofs

Next to the telephone, on the board indicating how to say a roommate is not there in many languages, the colors on the German flag are wrong. (It looks like a Belgian flag rotated 90 degrees clockwise.) See more »

Quotes

Xavier: He was just like the jerks I always try to avoid. Why was he so desperate to talk to me?
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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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Referenced in European confusiòn: Making-of 'L'auberge espagnole' (2002) See more »

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Betece
Performed by Africando All Stars
(Amadou Ballake / Maiga Boncana)
© 2002 Frochot Music Publishing
From the album «Betece»
(P) 2000 Syllars Productions
With the kind authorization of Nextmusic/Sono
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beautiful film about memories
13 May 2003 | by (home) – See all my reviews

There are a few things in life that we can't experience more than once and the college experience is one of them. Especially if we're living in a foreign country and in a apartment with 6 wackos from 6 different countries. Xavier the main character leaves his tidy life in Paris, his ex-hippy mother and his beautiful girlfriend and goes to Barcelona to study spanish in order to get a job at the embassy. He falls in love with the wife of a french doctor and he makes friends that make him look at things differently. When Wendy's brother (Wendy is one of the room mates) comes from England the film starts to become a lot funnier. Well anyway, Xavier starts to see things differently with all his new friends and he probably lives something he will never forget and will change his life forever. Overall a very nice nostalgic film, which becomes even more interesting because of the multinational cast. I thought it was very interesting that you could see all these kids from different countries, all of them speaking different languages and having different cultures get along with each other and fun. I gave it a 9 out of 10 because I left the theatre with a smile on my face and thinking about things I haven't done yet while I'm still in college and would want to do before it's too late.


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