L'Auberge Espagnole

June 19th, 2002


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From left to right: Kevin Bishop, Romain Duris, Kelly Reilly, Cécile de France, Christian Pagh, Barnaby Metschurat and Cristina Brondo. Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou. From left to right: Romain Duris, Kelly Reilly, Frederico dÂ’Anna, Cécile de France (back), Barnaby Metschurat, Cristina Brondo and Christian Pagh.From right bottom clockwise: Frederico dÂ’Anna, Christian Pagh, Cristina Brondo, Cécile de France, Barnaby Metschurat, Romain Duris, Kelly Reilly and Kevin Bishop. Cédric Klapisch in L'Auberge EspagnoleFrom top: Kevin Bishop, Federico dÂ’Anna, Kelly Reilly, Barnaby Metschurat and Cristina Brondo.

A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 7.3/10 (19,683 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Cédric Klapisch

Stars: Romain Duris, Judith Godrèche, Kelly Reilly

As part of a job that he is promised, Xavier, an economics student in his twenties, signs on to a European exchange program in order to gain working knowledge of the Spanish language. Promising that they'll remain close, he says farewell to his loving girlfriend, then heads to Barcelona. Following his arrival, Xavier is soon thrust into a cultural melting pot when he moves into an apartment full of international students. An Italian, an English girl, a boy from Denmark, a young girl from Belgium, a German and a girl from Tarragona all join him in a series of adventures that serve as an initiation to life.

Romain Duris - Xavier
Judith Godrèche - Anne-Sophie
Audrey Tautou - Martine
Cécile De France - Isabelle
Kelly Reilly - Wendy (as Keilly Reilly)
Cristina Brondo - Soledad
Federico D'Anna - Alessandro (as Fédérico D'anna)
Barnaby Metschurat - Tobias
Christian Pagh - Lars
Kevin Bishop - William
Xavier De Guillebon - Jean-Michel
Wladimir Yordanoff - Jean-Charles Perrin
Irene Montalà - Neus (as Irène Montala)
Javier Coromina - Juan
Iddo Goldberg - Alistair

Taglines: They came from Paris, Rome, London and Berlin to... l'Auberge Espagnole ...where a year can change a lifetime.

Release Date: 19 June 2002

Filming Locations: Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

Box Office Details

Budget: €5,300,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: €211,516 (Spain) (24 November 2002) (88 Screens)

Gross: $17,301,300 (France) (19 August 2003)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Finland:  | Turkey: (TV version)

Did You Know?

In the English subtitles, several sections are purposefully translated incorrectly to preserve the humorous nature of the film. The list of strange names around Paris is changed to "Honolulu, Punxsutawney, Piccadilly, Massachusetts, Saskatoon and Machu Picchu;" and during the scene in which Wendy mispronounces "Xavier n'est pas ici..." the English subtitles say "Xavier eez not here..."

Continuity: When Tobias is talking with William, he grabs a highlighter and a ruler to mark his textbook. In the next shot, we see him underline with a pen and the highlighter is nowhere to be seen.

Isabelle: It's contradictory to defend Catalan at the very moment we're creating a European Union.
Catalan Student 2: I don't agree. First of all, because we're dicussing identity. There's not one single valid identity, but many varied and perfectly compatible identities. It's a question of respect. For example, I have at least two identities: my Gambian identity, which I carry internally, and my Catalan identity. It's not contradictory to combine identities.

User Review

Great authentic movie about student life

Rating: 8/10

This is a very well done film showing the life of international students during their "Erasmus year" in Barcelona which by the way is one of the most beautiful towns in Europe and is an ideal location.

The idea itself with all the different languages is great and gives the film an original atmosphere. There are some clichés about the countries but most of them are true! The characters could not better represent their different countries.

Having experienced "Erasmus" on myself during my exchang semester in Italy I can say that is movie is incredibly authentic. I had many experiences which were similar to the characters (except I didn't get laid as often). The movie is also quite funny yet not like all those stupid American college movies.

Finally the movie touches also some important issues like the change from student to work life.

9/10 (I may not be very objective though)