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NYFF: “Through the Forest.”

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Camille Berthomier and Aurelien WiikAn arty and thoroughly irritating sliver of a film from Jean-Paul Civeyrac, "Through the Forest" picks up with a woman climbing out of the bed she’s been sharing with her lover. He’s content to lounge, but she gets up, tries out a few hairstyles in the mirror, drapes herself in a scarf, and sings him a song (the soundtrack suddenly picks up to give her an instrumental accompaniment). She leaves the room, and when she comes back he’s gone, and what was a sunny day has become rainy. We learn that the man, Renaud (Aurélien Wiik), has actually been dead for three months, and the woman, Armelle (Camille Berthomier), is convinced that he is visiting her regardless. Her practical sister Bérénice thinks she’s crazy; her free-spirited sister Roxane thinks she should see a medium. She sees a medium. The medium tells her her lover died in an automobile accident by the ocean; he didn’t, he died in the woods, but this doesn’t matter to Armelle — she’s more interested in the fact that another man at the medium’s apartment bears a striking resemblance to the dead Renaud.

The notable thing about Civeyrac’s film is that its 65-minute runtime is taken up by only ten long shots, and these aren’t camera-left-in-the-corner shots, these are painstakingly choreographed takes that wander from room to room, the camera swooping through hallways, tracking conversations, wandering away and then returning to characters. As a technical achievement, it’s impressive; they’re gorgeous. But ack, that story! Swollen and silly with portentousness, saddled with a petulant heroine, and falling half-heartedly halfway between "Solaris" and "Ghost" — all the dazzling camerawork in the world couldn’t make it worthwhile.

"À travers la forêt (Through the Forest)" 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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