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The Spanish Apartment

R Released May 16, 2003 2h 2m Comedy List
76% Tomatometer 93 Reviews 86% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings
Xavier (Romain Duris) is a French university student who moves to Barcelona, Spain, to learn Spanish in order to score a desirable job. Residing in a house with other young Europeans of varied nationalities, Xavier has a life-altering experience living in such an international environment. After a visit by his girlfriend, Martine (Audrey Tautou), Xavier realizes that she may not be the one for him, and starts to fall for a friend's wife, the lovely Anne-Sophie (Judith Godrèche). Read More Read Less
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This multicultural comedy captures the chaos and excitement of being young.

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Nick Schager Lessons of Darkness [Its] cheery characters are ultimately stuck wending their way through wackily contrived scenarios fit for a sitcom. Rated: C+ Apr 24, 2006 Full Review Peter Howell Toronto Star Yet another example of writer/director Klapisch's way of finding fresh new insights within the most mundane of circumstances. Rated: 3/5 Oct 17, 2003 Full Review Liam Lacey Globe and Mail A film whose limitations are the same as its appeal: It's a bauble. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 17, 2003 Full Review Sean Axmaker Seanax.com French filmmaker Cedric Klapisch takes the old clichs of culture clash, college roommate chaos, and a young adult's education outside the confines of the classroom and turns it into vision of the then-new European Union as communal household. Jun 16, 2016 Full Review Jay Antani Cinema Writer fun, irresistibly charming and very genuinely felt Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 17, 2010 Full Review Mark Halverson Sacramento News & Review Rated: 2/5 Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member You would not expect such clarity and reasonable thought-provoking moves from a mix-all-them-european-nations-in-one-movie film. Still 'Euro Pudding' (with a much more gracious original title L'Auberge Espagnole) manages to find a fine line between showing the students' messy life and some coming of age decisions they have to make. A nice warm movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is responsible for moving a whole generation of europeans towards studying abroad in an exchange semester! At one point, every exchange student knew about that movie around 2005. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review david f Witty and enjoyable. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The Spanish Apartment is the kind of coming-of-age drama that doesn’t have much appeal for me. It centers on an aimless guy who decides to go to Spain for some further education in order to start a career in business. His misadventures eventually lead him to an apartment being shared by a number of tenants of varying personalities and nationalities. This is the highlight of the film, when we get to see the awkward and goofy interactions of all these characters. I liked some of the conversations they had, and how they managed to all find a way to live together. My big problem with the film is that the main character was the least likable person in the film. His behavior is despicable, hypocritical, and all-around unpleasant. They also telegraphed very early in the film what he would end up doing at the end, so it felt like a frustrating slog waiting for him to catch up with what we all knew was coming. I still had some laughs and enjoyment from The Spanish Apartment because there were so many odd characters, and they had some funny scenes together, but I would have enjoyed it much more if it was told from any other character’s perspective. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 04/23/19 Full Review Audience Member After having seen this movie, I applied for Erasmus Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Not half as clever as it aims to be, nonetheless a fun celebration of youth, growing up and the European ideal Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Xavier (Romain Duris) is a French university student who moves to Barcelona, Spain, to learn Spanish in order to score a desirable job. Residing in a house with other young Europeans of varied nationalities, Xavier has a life-altering experience living in such an international environment. After a visit by his girlfriend, Martine (Audrey Tautou), Xavier realizes that she may not be the one for him, and starts to fall for a friend's wife, the lovely Anne-Sophie (Judith Godrèche).
Director
Cédric Klapisch
Producer
Bruno Lévy
Screenwriter
Cédric Klapisch
Distributor
Fox
Production Co
Studio Canal, Le Studio Canal +, France 2 Cinema, Bac Films
Rating
R (Sexual Content|Language)
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
Catalan
Release Date (Theaters)
May 16, 2003, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 4, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
$3.9M
Runtime
2h 2m
Sound Mix
Surround