The Spanish Inn
"I'm like Europe, I'm a real mess!"
) is a film by Cédric Klapisch released in 2002. The title refers to a French phrase: an "auberge espagnole" is a messy place.
Xavier (Romain Duris) is a Parisian graduate student who needs to earn a degree in Spanish in order to get a cushy job at the Finance Ministry. He applies to the ERASMUS
exchange program, and arrives in Barcelona. With no place to go, he crashes on the sofa of a couple he met in the plane, but eventually finds an apartment, a cramped and messy flat shared by a bunch of foreign students.
Each of them comes from a different country—Wendy is British, Alessandro is Italian, Isabelle is Belgian, Lars is Danish, Soledad is Spanish and Tobias is German—making the apartment a microcosm of the EU.
A sequel, The Russian Dolls
, was made in 2005, and shows how Xavier and his former flatmates have turned out five years later.
The trilogy ends in 2013 with Chinese Puzzle
and shows Xavier struggling with others problems like his separation, giving a child to his lesbian friend via surrogacy and immigrating to New York.
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