In the early 2000's I first watched L'Auberge Espagnole. The movie blew me away. Not only that I had just gratuated from university, I also loved Barcelona and was all mixed up with not knowing where to go, what to do with my life. It's such a refreshing movie, for me the #1 in explaining a European feeling. The French director Cédric Klapisch is also highly creative, so even after 20 years, this movie feels fresh. This is quite amazing.
Often when there's a second part of a movie, you cannot expect much. It's just a similar story and they want to repeat the success of the previous movie. But with L'Auberge Espagnole this is different. I have to admit: I loved part one. But part two totally overwhelmed me. Such an emotional love story. Actually several stories in one movie. All very down to earth, yet funny, sometimes sad and so many parallels to real life.
These are things where I get my inspiration from. The story telling, certain scenes (like them running naked out on the street at night) and the overall mood. Plus, there is an excellent choice of music in both movies. For example, Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Mysteries.