Get your travel agent on the phone, because after seeing L'Auberge Espagnole (literally "The Spanish Inn"), you'll be itching to haul your bags and butt across Europe. Leaving behind his hippie mom and girlfriend Audrey Tautou (Amélie), 25-year-old Romain Duris journeys to Barcelona for a year of graduate study. Strapped for cash, he stays at a cramped flat with five roommates--all of different cultures and languages, just like an international season of the Real World.
The time abroad inspires Duris to question his life choices and, well, study some broads (he hooks up with plenty of women). Writer-director Cédric Klapisch has assembled a capable, colorful cast and uses Amélie-esque photographic techniques (fast motion, split-screen, etc.) to good effect, enhancing the breezy pace and comic tone. Lucky for you, there's room at this inn.
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