L'Auberge Espagnole (Pot Luck)(Euro Pudding)(The Spanish Apartment)
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L'Auberge Espagnole (Pot Luck)(Euro Pudding)(The Spanish Apartment)
A man eager to learn Spanish gets an education he wasn't expecting in this comedy drama. Xavier (Romain Duris) is a French economics student who is nearing the completion of his degree and is looking for work. Xavier's father arranges for him to meet a ranking member of the Ministry of Finance, who makes him an offer -- he can give him a good job, but only under the condition that he learn to speak Spanish. Determined not to pass up the opportunity, Xavier enrolls in a language program in Barcelona, despite the misgivings of his girlfriend, Martine (Audrey Tautou). Upon his arrival,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Yet another example of writer/director Klapisch's way of finding fresh new insights within the most mundane of circumstances."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Much of the charm of this film is in its understanding of the great fluidity of romantic relationships -- especially before people decide to settle down."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"fun, irresistibly charming and very genuinely felt"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"L'auberge espagnole or The Spanish apartment is a lovable, cozy mess just like its architectural setting."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"European Union navel-gazing plus braying youth worship equals L' Auberge Espagnol."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"A film whose limitations are the same as its appeal: It's a bauble."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"As he did in When the Cat's Away, Klapisch demonstrates an understanding for the way young people caught between the demands of adulthood and their lingering adolescence behave."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A Big Mac with a mineral water chaser."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"...not a difficult movie to criticize, [but] a hard movie not to like."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"There isn't enough story or character development to make this into the breathtaking escapade Klapisch seems to have aspired to."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"It features four of the most erotically and emotionally delectable female performances I have seen in one film this year."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"It's hard to complain about a film that combines Paris and the city in the world that is most like it."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"[Its] cheery characters are ultimately stuck wending their way through wackily contrived scenarios fit for a sitcom."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Frothy ensemble comedy/romance flick."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The episodic L'auberge Espangnole is like a younger and European version of Friends."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com

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