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Movie Review: L’Auberge Espagnole

January 21, 2008

I have this whole bunch of great movies sitting in my laptop that I hardly ever watch. It was as if the more I keep them untouched and unwatched, the better it would get. (Maybe like what happens to wine, coupled with the building-up of suspense) It’s probably just me. So finally, finally, finally, as I was going to have to sit down and write a short, mandatory essay for my student exchange application for student exchange, I was suddenly inspired to watch L’Auberge Espagnole. What better than a smash-hit dramedy about a cute Frenchman going on exchange to give me some form of inspiration, right?

Can a year change a lifetime?

A mélange of interesting personalities from different nationalities. An assortment of idiosyncracies and strange quirks under one roof. Life’s unpredictable twists and spontaneous leaps into the unknown. New, not to mention, hot, sexy, and rather strrange experiences! *throws hand into the air with a flourish — French-style* This film of self-discovery and exploration into the other side of the world just wraps around you like a warm, unfamiliar, yet comfortable, blanket and eases you gently into the lives of Xavier the Frenchman (Ca va?) and his housemates. I laughed, giggled, gawked, gasped, teared and howled throughout the film. A cross between The Royal Tenenbaums and Love Actually, and a must-watch if you ever harbored a similar cosmopolitan dream.

Rating: 5/5

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