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NYFF: “Regular Lovers.”

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Clotilde Hesme and Louis GarrelThey don’t make films like "Regular Lovers" anymore, as much for practical reasons as anything else — at three hours, in black and white and in French, it’s going to have a hell of a time finding a US distributor. But how delicious to be huddled in an overly air-conditioned, sparsely populated theater watching it luxuriously unspool in a Friday afternoon! An unabashed throwback to the Nouvelle Vague and a time when cinema was art, dammit, Philippe Garrel‘s "Regular Lovers" is also a direct reply to Bernardo Bertolucci‘s "The Dreamers" (at one point, several of the characters even discuss "Before the Revolution," and one turns toward the camera and repeats his name slowly to herself, as if tasting it: "Ber-NAR-do…Ber-to-LU-cci…"), centered, as is that film, around the 1968 Paris riots. "Regular Lovers" also stars the director’s son Louis Garrel, who played Theo in "The Dreamers" and here is Francois, a sort of gorgeous uber-Gallic icon, a tousle-haired and brooding poet in a disheveled suit.

While "The Dreamers" whirled along parallel to the heady days leading up to the riots, "Regular Lovers" starts off in the midst of them, following a group of friends through streets set afire and into the days after, when personal lives start eclipsing political idealism. Through meandering episodes, we follow Francois and various others as they smoke hash, discuss politics, eye each other at parties, fall in love, smoke opium, put on The Kinks and dance ecstatically. They’re young and various forms of artists; they have terribly serious discussions. And eventually, everyone starts drifting separate ways.

When, at the end of "The Dreamers" Michael Pitt‘s character pleads with the others to not go out into the streets to join the rioters, saying that that is not their way, it was startling — Bertolucci, that old firebrand, looks back and come up with a sort of renunciation? Garrel’s revelations are less dramatic; he surveys his youth and sees that these children who were so certain they would bring about momentous change were merely human, nothing more. Hated the posturing ending, but how else to close a film that in its nature should really ramble on forever? "Regular Lovers" is a portrait of an era, but it’s also an attempt to capture that moment when you first think that you’re not so young anymore. And no true poet icon should ever have to face that realization.

"Regular Lovers" currently has no US distributor.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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