Last week, while on our weekly unpleasant trip to Carrefour we were surprised to find the megastore selling some discounted DVDs that they’d piled into two huge wire baskets.
This, of course, attracted our attention. We began rummaging through the stack in hopes of finding something worthwhile. Nothing looked impressive until one DVD caught my eye: a French movie entitled L’Auberge Espanole, or ‘The Spanish Apartment.’ This particular title grabbed me for many reasons. First was the fact that it was French. The second was because it had Audrey Tautou
of Amélie fame in it and the third was simply because it sounded vaguely familiar.
If my memory serves me right, I think it was Ameen Malhas who recommended this movie here on this very blog. Those reasons were good enough to go ahead and buy, irregardles of the fact that it was 60% off.
Two days ago we finally found the time to watch it and what a treat it was. As it is the case in the majority of French movies, this flick was creative on so many levels, whether it was the script, editing, camera work or even the soundtrack. The film tells the story of a French student who decides to move to Barcelona for a one-year academic program. Shot beautifully in the magnificent city of Barcelona, the flick whimsically portrays this student’s travails, which largley revolve around an apartment he shares with other European students in the program.
The movie, which ended with a strong message about European unity, is a story about love, friendship, the decisions we make in life and growing up. It really is a work of art. I give it 8.5/10
The movie struck a particular cord with me, as it reminded me of the wonderful year I spent in London some years ago for my Masters. Back then, I lived in a shared dorm apartment with four other
international students. It was a very fulfilling experience and one I will cherish forever. Here is a picture of me and my classmates taken at the end of the academic year in London. Look closely, you might just find me. [Image enlarges on click]
Thanks for the compliment:) I knew you were joking, or at least I hoped so:)
So, don’t worry, all is good here:)
Hey, I meant no offense. I thought (hoped) that was clear from the 🙂 after my remark. The only reason I mentioned it is because the English on this blog (and yes, I do realize it’s not a newspaper/magazine and people make mistakes) is usually so perfect, especially for someone who isn’t a native English speaker. So I thought it was just a funny little mistake and I figured I’d mention it, just for a laugh. Really, no offense was intended.
It’s not standard for the US but acceptable in British English. It’s used mostly in a humorours way, combining irrespective and regardless. Most English taught across the Atlantic follows the British standard so it’s less of an issue at “reporter school.” 🙂 And I hope you’ve noticed that this isn’t a newspaper/magazine but a blog so greater latitude on all things is afforded.
There is no such word as “irregardless”- the correct usage is simply “regardless”. Didn’t they teach you that in reporter school 🙂
I just found your blog and am enjoying it.
I went to see L’Auberge Espagnole almost on a whim about a year ago and I came out delighted. I really enjoyed this movie. I wish I could find gems like these in the discount box at Carrefour here in Oman.
haha, metal, that’s so funny
All roads lead to Jeff-boy.
Am mindin my own business surfin the blasted net with a hole, one link leads to another and another and another till I get to:
Its a really good movie, i think everyone should get a international communal living experiance at least once in there life.
lol ure pretty easy to find…not exactly “where’s waldo?” material 😀
never heard of the film but Amilie was nice.
Natasha, I found you without even having to enlarge the picture 🙂
Now, can we please re-open the Lebanese issue? Four explosions is too much! Khalas!