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Spanish Apartment, The
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Worldly avenues."
5 stars

Cédric Klapisch’s protean direction of a college student surrounded by early yet important issues in life (graduating, finding work, love) and whose dizzying sights are allowed to better focus when by whim he signs up for the Erasmus project, studying abroad in Barcelona for a year with a guaranteed job awaiting his return.

There is a rush of the neoteric atmosphere that propels the film off of its launch pad. Simultaneously through the protagonist’s openness to the new and adventurous choices in front of him is the viewer’s abandonment — at least partially — of a seemingly inbred xenophobia common among many American viewers. It helps that the film is fitted with tail-wagging hyper-kinetics, inasmuch as the amount of energy released upon the start forces any excess baggage and disdain to be left behind in order to keep up pace. Klapisch surely wears a tinkerer’s smile, busied with rapid editing, increased speed playback, the taking in of foreign eccentricities in all essences, etc. Maybe one of the reasons it remains such an “experience” is because it stays fresh to our central character, and that his excitement not only declines to drop off in a percentage rate, but rather increases along the way with whatever comes. And his fun, at least to those who aim to be as open to the newness at the Romain Dupris character, is contagious due to the fact that it is universal, however varied one’s own personal experiences may have been. But its catchiness, the broad collection and polyglot of individualities being as who they are serve as a lagniappe. There is an undeniable envy, not alone to his experience, but the possibility that the simple shape of a cosmopolitan encounter could be so equally pleasurable and fulfilling. Little else of the success here could be attributed to technique as it is so largely appealing for the sheer fun of tagging along — making the friends that he has made, managing to survive in an anachronistic environment, lust of life and other things — and L’Auberge Espagnole comes out as one of those few films each year that you’re actually sad have come to an end rather than live on through its many adventures. With Judith Godrèche, Cécile De France, Audrey Tautou, Cristina Brondo, Federico D’Anna, Barnaby Metshurat, Kevin Bishop, Xavier De Guillebon, and Wladimir Yordanoff.

[Absolutely to be seen.]

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User Comments

8/02/04 Miranda Lurv this one! 5 stars
7/25/04 laura fantastic, a definate must for those who have ever been in a foreign country 5 stars
6/17/04 Dian OP I love this movie 5 stars
1/14/04 victoria loved it, your critic is a twit 4 stars
12/15/03 Brian Deacon Perhaps a bit simplistic, but still enjoyable. 4 stars
7/25/03 zara EFC gave a bad review. what's wrong with "ordinary" people? a film close to heart. 5 stars
7/16/03 Sebastien A great film for any of us that has spent some time abroad ! 5 stars
7/03/03 Lonners Excellent 5 stars
6/09/03 The mother mouse, baby mice, & the cat... Mice: we're trapped! Mom(on hind legs):GRRR! Cat(runs). Mom:see the value of a 2nd lang.? 5 stars
5/21/03 Pedant L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE == The Spanish Hostel, (French) Word like 'fuck' is Le Fac. 4 stars
5/15/03 Joris smooth, happy, funny, nice. Erasmus. Worth a look. 4 stars
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