L’auberge espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) was one of those cute movies I saw the trailer for, and thought, “That looks interesting,” but never ended up seeing. At least not until I discovered it in Stephanie’s DVDs collection. And even then it was a while before we were both in a movie watching mood and finally decided to see it together. I was really surprised at how creative it was, how multilingual. We tend to watch a lot of French movies, but this was a strange hybrid, with dialog in both French and English (not unlike the two of us).
Last night we finally saw the sequel, Les poupées russes, (The Russian Dolls) which picks up with most of the characters 5 years later—centered loosely around one of them getting married in Russia. It was also good fun and allowed us to vicariously travel between France, Britain, and Russia. Definitely recommended for a lazy weekend afternoon.
Update, April 27, 2014: Last night we went to see the 3rd in the series, Casse-tête chinois (Chinese Puzzle), at the Sundance Kabuki Theater. It was opening the San Francisco French Film festival, which meant after the movie there was a Q&A with the director of all 3 films, Cedric Klapisch, and the lead actor, Romain Duris!
Incredibly, Stephanie even managed to score a photo with Romain! We never do that sort of thing.