A strait-laced French student (Romain Duris) moves into an apartment in Barcelona with six other wanderers, students, and misfits from all over Europe. Together, they speak an international language of love and friendship.
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"When you first arrive in a new city, nothing makes sense. Everythings unknown, virgin... After you've lived here, walked these streets, you'll know them inside out. You'll know these people. Once you've lived here, crossed this street 10, 20, 1000 times... it'll belong to you because you've lived there. That was about to happen to me, but I didn't know it yet."
The beautiful agony and angst of those transitional years. Beautiful, sexy, endearing, enthralling film. Perhaps a glimpse of how wonderful Europe could be if fuelled by the exuberance and openness of youth rather than getting bogged down with old grey bureaucracy.
I'm so happy I picked to watch this film! Loved the playfulness of the editing, how the emotions were so rightfully conveyed and how the film spoke to me on a different level. Would definitely recommend to anyone who has or is planning to study abroad.
Je l'ai regardé juste parce qu'il y avait la suite ici sur mubi. Romain est toujours super cool à mon avis, mais Audrey Tatou est aussi haïssable que Audrey Hepburn. Question de noms, probablement. On verra ...
"It must be typical," the Parisian protagonist says, wandering through Montmartre crying. I lived in Madrid for a year post-grad, so yeah, like Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming before it, this film, despite its reductive sentimentalism and corny resolutions (writing = experience, so why not write?), resonated with me and plucked some heart-strings (the Radiohead theme didn't help). Is the Euro-dream still alive?