L'Auberge Espagnole (2003)

L'Auberge Espagnole



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

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 … More

Rating: R (for language and sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Cédric Klapisch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 23, 2003
Box Office: $3.8M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


as Xavier

as Anne-Sophie

as Martine

as Alessandro

as William

as Jean Charles Perrin

as Alistair

as Xavier's Mother

as Flamenco Teacher

as Xavier's Father

as University Secretary

as Stewardess

as Nurse Miralpeix

as Catalan Teacher

as Innkeeper

as Catalan Student 1

as Catalan Student 2

as Catalan Student 3

as Lars's Son

as Hotel Neighbor

as Xavier's Child
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Critic Reviews for L'Auberge Espagnole

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (36)

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

Full Review… | October 17, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 17, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

fun, irresistibly charming and very genuinely felt

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Cinema Writer

A Big Mac with a mineral water chaser.

Full Review… | July 29, 2008

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

Full Review… | April 24, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2005

Audience Reviews for L'Auberge Espagnole


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


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.

Carlos Magalhães

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 !

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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