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The Spanish Apartment(L'Auberge espagnole)

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France, Spain · 2002
Rated R · 2h 2m
Director Cédric Klapisch
Starring Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Kelly Reilly, Cécile de France
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

French university student Xavier moves to Barcelona to learn Spanish in hopes of becoming more attractive to employers. Living in an apartment with other international students, he develops a crush on one of his roommates, and begins to reevaluate his relationship with his girlfriend.

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L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

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.)


New York Post by Lou Lumenick

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.


Miami Herald by Rene Rodriguez

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."


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

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).


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Not since Lukas Moodysson's "Together" has communal living been depicted with such warmth and feeling for the entire ensemble.


The New Republic by Stanley Kauffmann

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.

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