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In 2002 Xavier (Romain Duris) experienced "Barcelona for a year", where he made real friends for life in a student flat. In 2005 there was a "reunion in St. Petersburg". Nine years later, the third and probably last part of the "L'Auberge Espagnole" series, "New York", is released in cinemas. Xavier is married to Wendy (Kell Reilly), but the marriage has long been on very shaky legs. When Wendy falls in love with an American on a business trip, she ends her marriage and moves with the children to New York. For Xavier a real nightmare, he simply can't imagine a life without his children anymore. And so the writer moves to New York, where he first finds shelter with his lesbian girlfriend Isabelle (Cécile de France) and her partner Ju (Sandrine Holt). Although Xavier manages with Jus' help to move into a small apartment in Chinatown, his stay in the US seems to be over sooner than expected. For without a residence permit, the Frenchman cannot remain in the land of (un)limited possibilities. And so there is only one possibility for him: he must marry an American citizen as soon as possible…
"New York" is on the one hand a very nice reunion with loved characters who have developed in a very lifelike way. On the other hand, the film is not a sequel in the classic sense. Because not only can you enjoy "New York" without having seen the two predecessors. The film also goes its own way, both dramaturgically and visually, even if these are closely connected to the earlier experiences of Xavier's life. It is indeed nice to know the winding paths on which the writer came to the point from which this story starts. Klapisch then fully concentrates on the following events and scatters only very isolated allusions to the earlier films into the action. This is exactly how he succeeds in appealing to audiences who already know Xavier, as well as those who were not present in Barcelona and St. Petersburg at the time.
After his first successes as a writer, his marriage to Wendy and the birth of his children, Xavier actually believes that he has now found his place in life. But even in his early forties he suddenly has to realize that fate can hold all sorts of chaos and unexpected changes in store. And the way he deals with it is charming and amusing as usual. Klapisch rarely relies on very obvious comedy. Rather, he draws a lot of humor from very well observed snapshots of normal life, but also leaves enough room for calmer, emotional and thought-provoking moments.
Alongside Xavier, Isabelle also plays a central role in the story. She seems to lead exactly the stable life Xavier longs for. But it soon becomes clear that this is only a façade and that Isabelle is not yet sure whether she has been made for a quiet, responsible family life. Klapisch also relies here on a successful mixture of humour and melancholy, winking irony and lifelike seriousness. But this is not the only reason why "New York" works so well. Also the atmospheric shots of New York and some very original visual gimmicks make the relationship comedy extremely worth seeing.
Was "Barcelona for a Year" still the best part of this beautiful trilogy. However, Klapisch more than dignifiedly says goodbye to the characters he has built up so charmingly over three films with all their all too human weaknesses and their loveable whims. Despite some small lengths, "Or rather New York" is an all around successful big city comedy that plays itself into the hearts of the audience with a lot of emotional warmth and authentic esprit. Anyone who liked Klapisch's earlier films and is generally a friend of the young French comedy should definitely book this trip to New York. Worth seeing!
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