The characters are well-observed and mercifully unrepresentative of their home countries. (Kevin Bishop is laugh-out-loud funny as a clueless British visitor who shows up to offend more than one national sensibility.)
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Exhilarating comedy...Its warm, embracing spirit is refreshing in these divisive times.
Movies can certainly be worse than bad sitcoms, and this is one of them.
At times, writer-director Cedric Klapsich seems to be trying to copy the frestyle of "Amelie," but L'Auberge achieves only a fraction of its charm.
A dodgy, hit-or-miss affair that never quiet seems to gel: too many lumpy bits, and not enough crème.
In almost every way that I can think of, L'Auberge Espagnole is a perfect movie... It is a film that feels alive.
Best of all, L'Auberge Espagnol uses Barcelona as a veritable character, a picturesque, vivacious place where, as one character puts it, ''No one eats before 10 p.m."
The movie is as light and frothy as a French comedy, which is what it is, a reminder that Cedric Klapisch also directed "When the Cat's Away" (1996).
Not since Lukas Moodysson's "Together" has communal living been depicted with such warmth and feeling for the entire ensemble.
The pace is fairly hectic, which it needs to be. (Mustn't linger on bubbles.) The performances are warm, especially the tender Judith Godrèche as the doctor's wife.