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L'auberge espagnole

This 2002 French hit continues director Cedric Klapisch's cinematic exploration of the relationship between individuals and a group. Xavier (an amiable Romain Duris), a 25-year-old Parisian bureaucrat-to-be, is advised to learn Spanish if he wants a job, so he heads to Barcelona for a year, landing in an apartment with seven roommates from across Europe. There are cultural and lingual clashes, budding romances, and experiments with sex, drugs, and salsa—but few surprises. Still, the film is a pleasant ramble through an eventful year. Klapisch's special effects—cameras speeding down hallways, superimposed images—are both amusing and annoying. In English and subtitled French and Spanish. 120 min.

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