L'Auberge Espagnole

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L'Auberge Espagnole
French theatrical release poster
Directed by Cédric Klapisch
Produced by Bruno Levy
Written by Cédric Klapisch
Starring Romain Duris
Judith Godrèche
Audrey Tautou
Music by Various Artists
Cinematography Dominique Colin
Edited by Francine Sandberg
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures (USA, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Asia, Scandinavia )
Release dates 17 May 2002 (2002-05-17)
Running time 122 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget €5,300,000
Box office $31,024,110[1]

L'Auberge Espagnole (/lɵˈbɛrʒ ɛspɒnˈjl/; literally: "the Spanish inn"; released in some English-speaking territories as Pot Luck or The Spanish Apartment) is a 2002 French-Spanish film directed and written by Cédric Klapisch. It is a co-production between Spain (Mate Producciones S.A., Via Digital) and France (BAC Films, Ce qui me meut, France 2 Cinéma, Studio Canal).[2][3]

It is about Xavier (Romain Duris), an economics graduate student studying for a year in Barcelona, Spain as part of the Erasmus programme, where he encounters and learns from a group of students who hail from all over Western Europe. It is the first part of the self titled "Spanish Apartment Trilogy" of films centered on the character of Xavier and his progression from student to family man and friends he initially encounters in a student share-house in Spain.

The film's portrayal is in the first-person perspective of the main character, Xavier, and is hence mainly narrated in French. Some of the dialogue is in English and a significant amount is in Spanish, as well as small amounts in Catalan, Danish, German and Italian.

L'Auberge Espagnole is the first part of the so called Spanish Apartment trilogy, it's two sequels being: Russian Dolls (2005) and Chinese Puzzle (2013).[4]


The story follows Xavier (Romain Duris), a 24-year-old Frenchman, who leaves his girlfriend Martine (Audrey Tautou) and his country for the ERASMUS programme in Barcelona, a prerequisite for a job with the French government. On the flight over, he meets a young "uncool" French couple who let him stay in their flat while he searches for a place to stay. Xavier manages to find an apartment with other people from all around Europe, including England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Denmark with whom he becomes good friends. Martine pays Xavier a visit and returns sad. Xavier eventually has an affair with the French neurologist's wife (Anne-Sophie), with whom he has been exploring the city. One of his roommates, Wendy from London, has a visiting brother named William who is quite abrasive and rude, resulting in some funny exchanges. Xavier's girlfriend has an affair and breaks up with him over the telephone. Xavier becomes somewhat depressed and asks his friend the neurologist for help. Anne-Sophie tells her husband about the affair and he tells Xavier not to see his wife again. Then Wendy has an affair with an American; her boyfriend Alister makes a surprise visit, and William pretends that the American is his lover. At the end of the film, Xavier returns to Paris and gets the job at the Ministry but runs away on his first day at work and becomes a writer.

Meaning of the title[edit]

The phrase auberge espagnole literally means "Spanish inn" or "Spanish hostel". It is a French idiomatic expression originally referring to a place where you can only eat what you bring (originally, an inn so suspect that guests were advised to bring their own food and drink) and, by extension, a place or situation where you only find what you brought.[5] A second, more neutrally connoted and recent interpretation of the phrase is a dinner diversified by the fact that each guest has contributed some part of the meal; this suggests the English-language idea of a "potluck," earning the film this title in some English-speaking areas. A third meaning of auberge espagnole is a common resting area for travelers from a variety of different cultures and regions.[6] The more direct translation as "The Spanish Apartment" is also playing on the French phrase, since the main characters are all literally sharing an apartment in Spain.[clarification needed]

Primary cast[edit]


L'Auberge Espagnole features a diverse soundtrack, which includes:





  1. ^ "L'Auberge Espagnole". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0283900/companycredits
  3. ^ "L'Auberge espagnole - Cinémathèque française" (in French). La Bibliothèque du film. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  4. ^ lefigaro.fr (2012-09-11). "Cédric Klapisch tourne Casse-tête chinois à New York". Le Figaro. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  5. ^ Aline Angoustures (2004). L'Espagne. Le Cavalier Bleu. p. 117. ISBN 978-2-84670-078-8. 
  6. ^ Planelles, Georges (2013). "Une auberge espagnole". Expressio.fr. 

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