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Xavier (Romain Duris) is a young student who needs to learn Spanish in order to get a job at the prestigious Ministry of Finance. He decides to join the Erasmus-programme for student exchanges. He enrolls at Barcelona University. In the Catalan capital he finds a room in a large apartment, with students from all over Europe. Within a couple of months Xavier is completely adapted to his new life, and the life in the apartment is never boring.

 

The film has a very nice soundtrack as well, that is as mixed as the tenants of the Spanish Inn: the electro main theme by Kouz1 mixed with salsa, flamenco and even a classical piece (a dreamy Waltz performed by Arthur Rubinstein).

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L’auberge espagnole (FR/ESP, 117′) Dir.: Cédric Klapisch. With Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile de France. My rating: 4 stars L’Auberge Espagnole is one of the few films I have seen that show what is to be European. It uses the widespread clichés about the different nationalities (Germans are tidy and serious, the Italians are messy, the French are great lovers and the English are prudish), but it shows that in spite of the different characteristics of every nationality, there is without a doubt a European identity. L’Auberge Espagnole is an enchanting comedie de moeurs, without pretentions.

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