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L'Auberge Espagnole (Pot Luck)(Euro Pudding)(The Spanish Apartment)

L'Auberge Espagnole (Pot Luck)(Euro Pudding)(The Spanish Apartment) (2002)

tomatometer

77

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 69 | Rotten: 21

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

85

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 5

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

audience

87

liked it
Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 34,129

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Movie Info

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

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Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy

Cédric Klapisch

Dec 23, 2003

$3.8M

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

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A film whose limitations are the same as its appeal: It's a bauble.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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It features four of the most erotically and emotionally delectable female performances I have seen in one film this year.

June 26, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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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
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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It's hard to complain about a film that combines Paris and the city in the world that is most like it.

June 11, 2003
The New Republic
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fun, irresistibly charming and very genuinely felt

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

A Big Mac with a mineral water chaser.

July 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

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

April 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

L'auberge espagnole or The Spanish apartment is a lovable, cozy mess just like its architectural setting.

March 25, 2005 Full Review Source: european-films.net
european-films.net

...not a difficult movie to criticize, [but] a hard movie not to like.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Frothy ensemble comedy/romance flick.

December 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

European Union navel-gazing plus braying youth worship equals L' Auberge Espagnol.

September 1, 2004

There isn't enough story or character development to make this into the breathtaking escapade Klapisch seems to have aspired to.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

The episodic L'auberge Espangnole is like a younger and European version of Friends.

April 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Deft, exhilarating comedy

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Não funciona apenas como retrato da globalização e do choque de culturas, mas também como a jornada pessoal de um jovem rumo à definição de sua vida

November 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Klapisch has imbued the film with such energy and such insight that his themes linger on the palate, like the aftertaste of a fine French or Spanish or Italian or German or whatever wine.

October 17, 2003
Jam! Movies

It's a rarity, a comedy about young adults that does not laugh at their inexperience, and remains accessible even to old fogies.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Since for most of us, it's too late to pack a suitcase, spend a year in beautiful Barcelona, and fall so easily in and out of love, "L'Auberge Espagnole" is a lovely cinematic diversion.

October 16, 2003 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

Crams a whole season of Real World fights, flings, cover-ups and send-off parties into one bloated pastry of a film.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

Even when I was in grad school, I'd have found this film excruciatingly long, juvenile, self-indulgent and implausible.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

It's apt to leave American viewers with a depressing sense of cultural inferiority when these characters are weighed against the classless, clueless, horny drunks that populate our own equivalents of Klapisch's film.

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Think of L'Auberge Espagnole, a French comedy-drama about a gang of international exchange students living together in Barcelona, as Friends -- the International Edition.

June 27, 2003
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Audience Reviews for L'Auberge Espagnole (Pot Luck)(Euro Pudding)(The Spanish Apartment)

What a lovely, charming, funny and touching film about friendship and love that will please even more those who know what it is like to be abroad in the same situation, like myself. The poignant story portrays with great sincerity the insecurities and fears of youth through a group of characters we easily identify with and care about.
October 4, 2011
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

At first sight, this film is a lively and engaging comedy, particularly for anybody familiar with the world of Erasmus students. Klapisch has undoubtedly succeeded in capturing the atmosphere of the multi-national student squat, creating an immediately interesting cultural crossroads, and of course a premise for lots of stereotyped jokes. And what trendier place for it all to take place than Barcelona ? The film's sparky characterisation (particularly Wendy zi English and her 'geezer' of a brother) proves that Klapish has observed intently the lifestyle and behaviour of today's European student travelers.

However, this does not hide a handful of gaping holes in the plot, which are easily noticeable on a second viewing of the film.

L'auberge espagnole falls arms flailing into the voice-over trap: drastic over-use throughout. Whether Klapisch intended to give a bird's eye view of the action, or simply to speed up the pace of the film at times, the result of too much voice-over is that Xavier's character loses its authenticity.

Romain Duris's acting is wooden - particularly with so many beautiful females around. As for Judith Godreche, she plays a non-starter of a part. Her character has no proper relationship with either of her men.

Klapish has paid attention to some nice little details. A quick shot of a sandal's foot on a marble staircase, William the English lad's upturned collar, and a TV clip of the Catalan sport of human tower-building, for example.

However these little gems cannot hide flagrant over-editing which stagger the flow of the film and dissolve any feeling of resolution at the end. The frantic city running scene à la 007 is ridiculous: why ALL the house mates have to return so suddenly remains a mystery.

Some say this film makes political reference to the leading European powers. I think that it just wants to be a light entertaining comedy: it nearly fails even to be that !
December 21, 2009
matertenebraum

Super Reviewer

A movie I can really identify with about a bunch of Erasmus students from across Europe sharing a house and life in Barcelona. It avoids being corny, and presents a funny, entertaining depiction of international university life, and the self-development of the characters and their national stereotypes.
September 5, 2008
RossCollinsUK

Super Reviewer

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    1. Xavier: When you first arrive in a new city, nothing makes sense. Everythings unknown, virgin... 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. That was about to happen to me, but I didn't know it yet.
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