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L'Auberge Espagnole

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Source: Catholic News Service

Patchwork comedy about a French exchange student (Romain Duris) who travels to Spain and learns about life and love, while sharing an apartment with seven European students. While the Benetton-poster faces and kinetic style chosen by director Cedric Klapisch are fresh, the film's acceptance of casual sex and promotion of personal moral autonomy is more than a bit off-putting. Subtitles. Adulterous sexual encounters with nudity, lesbian kissing, recurring substance abuse, and much rough language and profanities The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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