Feature 8.0
Video 7.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 7.8
Distributor: Fox
Running Time: 122 minutes
Classification:
M15+
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

7.8


The Spanish Apartment (Lí
Auberge espagnole)

Feature: The Spanish Apartment (also known as Euro Pudding) is a coming of age story about Xavier, and a group of 20 somethingís from all over Europe. All of them are there for foreign exchange, and each speaks a different language. The only reason Xavier decided to leave his home in France is for a career he was promised if he could get some Spanish under his belt, more to the point, he HAD to live there for a year.

After dealing with the heartache of leaving his home country by himself, and struggling to find a place he finds comfortable, he stumbles upon a melting pot of culture. An Italian, an English girl, a boy from Denmark, a young woman from Belgium, a German and a girl from Tarragona already live in the one small apartment, and now Xavier is the newest housemate. What comes now is a series of adventures that heíll experience with his new roommates, which will both change him from the boy he was, into the man he always wanted to be.

The Spanish Apartment may sound like a slightly serious movie going by the description I have given above, but itís anything but. Think typical American college flick, but with a distinctly European feel and sense of humor. This is one of the funniest movies Iíve seen recently, and can definitely say Iíll be watching it many a time over. Watching them all grow and adapt to the difficult situation they find themselves in is a joy to behold, and some of the experiences shared are truly memorable.  

Despite the slow start to the movie, after a couple of minutes youíll find yourself having trouble drawing yourself away from it, even to go to the bathroom youíll be reaching for the pause button. Donít be put off by the subtitles, this is a fabulously written comedy about finding yourself, and is highly recommended.

Video: The picture is nice and bright, and always full of color. The skin tones seem fairly accurate, and everything is nice and sharp. There is a small problem with film artifacts, but you wonít be distracted by them.

Audio: I think this is a really impressive mix here, maybe itís because I wasnít concentrating on the voices (as it was mainly in other languages), but it really draws you in. Itís quite an aggressive mix for a film like this, and maybe a little too much so, but I liked it all the same. The soundtrack is also one of the cooler ones Iíve heard in recent times.

Extras: Absolutely nothing, Iíd give it less than zero if that were possible, simple because such a movie deserves far better.






 
 



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