L'Auberge Espagnole

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Released 2002

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L'Auberge Espagnole

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Director:
Cedric Klapisch
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
L'Auberge Espagnole is a 2002 French and Spanish film written and directed by Cedric Klapisch and starring Romain Duris, Judith Godreche, Kelly Reilly, Cecile De France, and Audrey Tautou. The film tells the story of Xavier (Duris), a 24-year-old Frenchman who leaves behind his girlfriend Martine (Tautout) and moves to Barcelona. When he arrives in Barcelona he finds an apartment to move into that is currently occupied by 20-somethings from all over Europe, including England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany and Denmark. When Martine comes to visit, they encounter problems unlike they've ever seen before, and she leaves feeling depressed about their relationship. After she leaves, Xavier sleeps with the wife of a neurologist that has been showing him around the city. Martine breaks up with him over the phone and Xavier struggles with depression. The story is based on Erasmus' essay The Praise of Folly, which encourages folly over conventional wisdom.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Exhilarating comedy...Its warm, embracing spirit is refreshing in these divisive times.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times 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).

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Presents an appealing and persuasive picture of European integration, in which national differences, which once sparked military and political conflict, are preserved because they ...

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