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L'auberge espagnole

Synopsis

Xavier (Duris), a young French economics student getting his first taste of the rest of Europe moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a group of other European college students, including guys from Italy, Denmark and Germany and girls from England, Belgium and Andalusia. Together, the septet share a series of adventures which include some budding romances.

Information about Catalunia

Initially, the European Union consisted of just six countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom joined in 1973, Greece in 1981, Spain and Portugal in 1986, Austria, Finland and Sweden in 1995. In 2004 the biggest ever enlargement took place with 10 new countries joining. Rumania and Bulgaria became members on January 1, 2007. Now the European Union comprises 27 countries.

Director

Cedric Klapisch

Actors

Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cecile De France, Judith Godreche, Kelly Reilly

Year

2002

Length

120 min

Awards

2002,  Best Young Actress Award for Cecile de France.
2002,  Nominated for six Cesar Awards
2002 and 2003, Many other international awards and nominations

Discussion

1. Describe the "love" relationships between the following "couples"
bulletXavier and his mother
bulletXavier and his Parisian girlfriend Martine
bulletXavier and his Barcelona girlfriend Anne-Sophie
bulletXavier and Isabelle (from Belgium)
bulletJean-Michel and Anne-Sophie
bulletWendy (from England) and the American.

2. Characterize Tobias (from Germany), Alessandro (from Italy), Lars (from Denmark), William (Wendy's younger brother).
3. Based on this movie, what are some advantages and some difficulties of ' Study Abroad' ? 

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