L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE

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Release Date: May 16, 2003

Starring: Romain Duris, Judith
Godrèche, Audrey Tautou,
Cécile de France, and Kevin
Bishop

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE
refers to the Spanish inn that
several young adults and
teenagers share in Barcelona,
and, according the main
character, also refers to a
pudding made up of European
youths from various different
countries. It is a movie about
sex, drugs, parties, and other
youthful indiscretions. The
movie starts with a very
self-conscious 1960s point of
view of a young French
university student named
Xavier who's debating how to
start his novel. He is sitting
at his typewriter stark naked.
His recollections are speeded
up in a frenetic fashion and
computerized additions (such
as transcripts and arrows) are
placed on the screen. Xavier
is almost through with
university and seeks out a
friend of his father's to get
a job with the European Union.
The friend tells him to learn
Spanish and his career is
assured, so he joins a foreign
exchange program called The
Erasmus Program and heads to
Barcelona to study for a
year. In Barcelona, Xavier
gets involved with a French
couple. The husband is a
neurologist who takes offers
him lodging, and the wife,
Anne-Sophie, is a beautiful
French girl who feels out of
place in Spain. Eventually,
Xavier has an intense
adulterous affair with
Anne-Sophie. Then, he finds
an apartment to share with an
English girl, a German, an
Italian, a Scandinavian who
speaks English, and a Spanish
girl. A girl in his economics
class is looking for a place
to stay. They invite her to
share the apartment, and she
turns out to be a lesbian who
instructs Xavier in explicit
sexual lessons on how to
please a woman. Most of the
movie focuses on these youth,
with an emphasis on sex,
drugs, and partying. The
audience is told at the
beginning of the movie that
Barcelona is the biggest party
city in Europe, where people
wake up at night, have dinner,
and go on to wild
Ecstasy-filled parties. Drugs
flow freely. The landlord
inspects the apartment one day
which is a mess, and is upset
that the Virgin Mary has been
taken out of her shrine and
replaced by a toy robot. This
is the only nod to religion.
L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE has
captured good reviews from the
secular film festivals and the
press. In truth, it is a very
superficial, dull and myopic
movie. For those who went
through wild teenage years, it
is clear that there was more
to it than just sex, drugs and
partying, but the "more to it"
has nothing to do with this
movie. There are no great
discussions, no philosophical
arguments, and no debates.
This bunch of university
students appears to be brain
dead or thinking with the
wrong parts of their
bodies. Xavier has visions of
Erasmus coming to him, but he
tells people he doesn't know
who Erasmus is. Of course,
Erasmus is the brilliant Roman
Catholic theologian who
debated the Protestant
Reformers. Whether or not you
agree with his theology, it
would be nice if someone in
this movie talked about his
theology, philosophy and
Christian humanism. Xavier's
sexcapades become so fanciful
that the movie could be
classified as a fantasy rather
than a drama. Also, nearly
every time he talks with his
mother, he tells her, "Shut
the 'f' up." These young
Europeans need Jesus Christ.
Their life in Barcelona
resembles a hedonistic hell,
but the consequences of their
actions are never shown. If
they weren't such obnoxious
characters, the audience might
even be moved to pray for
them. Please address your
comments to: Lindsay Law,
President Fox Searchlight 20th
Century Fox Film Corp. A
Division of Fox, Inc. 10201
West Pico Blvd., Bldg. 38 Los
Angeles, CA 90035 Phone: (310)
369-4402

Rating: R

Runtime: 122 minutes

Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Director: Cédric Klapisch

Executive Producer:

Producer: Bruno Lévy

Writer: Cédric Klapisch

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Content:

(HH, Ab, LLL, V, SSS, NN, AA, DD, M) Strong humanist worldview with no redemptive elements and slight religious mockery; 42 obscenities and four profanities; light violence where teenagers fall down in drunken stupor; constant sexual innuendo, homosexual kissing and groping, adultery shown several times though sex act is avoided, oral sex clearly implied and discussed, and several shots of teenagers and young adults in bed with each other; upper male and female nudity, male sits nude in chair with pubic hair shown, and full rear male nudity in sex scene; drunkenness; smoking, depicted marijuana use, Ecstasy use discussed, and youths pass out in town square; and, deception, condoning adultery, lying.

GENRE: Comedy

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Summary:

L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE is a French movie about the sexcapades of a group of university students from all over Europe staying at an apartment in Barcelona, Spain, with an emphasis on drugs and partying.

Review:

L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE refers to the Spanish inn that several young adults and teenagers share in Barcelona, and, according the main character, also refers to a pudding made up of European youths from various different countries. It is a movie about sex, drugs, parties, and other youthful indiscretions.

The movie starts with a very self-conscious 1960s point of view of a young French university student named Xavier who's debating how to start his novel. He is sitting at his typewriter stark naked. His recollections are speeded up in a frenetic fashion and computerized additions (such as transcripts and arrows) are placed on the screen.

Xavier is almost through with university and seeks out a friend of his father's to get a job with the European Union. The friend tells him to learn Spanish and his career is assured, so he joins a foreign exchange program called The Erasmus Program and heads to Barcelona to study for a year.

In Barcelona, Xavier gets involved with a French couple. The husband is a neurologist who takes offers him lodging, and the wife, Anne-Sophie, is a beautiful French girl who feels out of place in Spain. Eventually, Xavier has an intense adulterous affair with Anne-Sophie.

Then, he finds an apartment to share with an English girl, a German, an Italian, a Scandinavian who speaks English, and a Spanish girl. A girl in his economics class is looking for a place to stay. They invite her to share the apartment, and she turns out to be a lesbian who instructs Xavier in explicit sexual lessons on how to please a woman.

Most of the movie focuses on these youth, with an emphasis on sex, drugs, and partying. The audience is told at the beginning of the movie that Barcelona is the biggest party city in Europe, where people wake up at night, have dinner, and go on to wild Ecstasy-filled parties. Drugs flow freely.

The landlord inspects the apartment one day which is a mess, and is upset that the Virgin Mary has been taken out of her shrine and replaced by a toy robot. This is the only nod to religion.

L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE has captured good reviews from the secular film festivals and the press. In truth, it is a very superficial, dull and myopic movie. For those who went through wild teenage years, it is clear that there was more to it than just sex, drugs and partying, but the "more to it" has nothing to do with this movie. There are no great discussions, no philosophical arguments, and no debates. This bunch of university students appears to be brain dead or thinking with the wrong parts of their bodies.

Xavier has visions of Erasmus coming to him, but he tells people he doesn't know who Erasmus is. Of course, Erasmus is the brilliant Roman Catholic theologian who debated the Protestant Reformers. Whether or not you agree with his theology, it would be nice if someone in this movie talked about his theology, philosophy and Christian humanism.

Xavier's sexcapades become so fanciful that the movie could be classified as a fantasy rather than a drama. Also, nearly every time he talks with his mother, he tells her, "Shut the 'f' up."

These young Europeans need Jesus Christ. Their life in Barcelona resembles a hedonistic hell, but the consequences of their actions are never shown. If they weren't such obnoxious characters, the audience might even be moved to pray for them.

Please address your comments to:

Lindsay Law, President

Fox Searchlight

20th Century Fox Film Corp.

A Division of Fox, Inc.

10201 West Pico Blvd., Bldg. 38

Los Angeles, CA 90035

Phone: (310) 369-4402

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