L'Auberge Espagnole

2003

L'Auberge Espagnole

Critics Consensus

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

76%

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86%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 34,608
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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 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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Cast

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
Jacno
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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Audience Reviews for L'Auberge Espagnole

  • Oct 24, 2015
    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 P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2015
    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 L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2010
    A joyous, funny, clever and unexpectedly moving film - an instant favorite - and another masterpiece from Cédric Klapisch. A celebration of Europe and a melting pot of different cultures, languages and personalities, with every one of the expertly detailed characters interesting and someone you would love to know. The cast - especially Romain Duris who can do no wrong, and Kelly Reilly who is effortlessly charming as well as amusingly neurotic - are superb across the board. Consistently inventive technically, artistically and intellectually. J'adore.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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