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NYFF: “Gabrielle.”

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Isabelle Huppert and Pascal GreggoryMaybe someday, when we’re trapped in an unhappy upper-crust marriage of our very own, we’ll come to appreciate a film like Patrice Chéreau‘s "Gabrielle," which, in the long tradition of Strindberg, Bergman and Ibsen, reminds us all that hell is indeed other people, especially when you marry one of them. Based on the Joseph Conrad‘s short story "The Return," "Gabrielle" stars Isabelle Huppert as the titular female and Pascal Greggory as her husband Jean, together a bourgeois turn-of-the-century couple — successful, respected, prone to throwing weekly dinner parties. Jean’s utterly satisfied with his life, until he comes to what is apparently a shattering revelation that the perfect wife that he hasn’t slept with in years and looks upon as a possession (the "prized item" in his collection) is having an affair and long ago fell out of love with him.

He figures this out because Gabrielle left behind a note saying that she was leaving him for another man — unfortunately, she can’t bring herself to go through with it and returns, and the bulk of the film is spend following the two as they discuss at length Gabrielle’s affair and what will become of their marriage, with each other as well as with the servants who are always hovering in the background.

Huppert, ringleted and regal as anything (if she wasn’t so very French, she’d be the perfect Queen Elizabeth), is near incandescent as a woman who, having played the ideal spouse for so long, finally has her husband interested in how she really feels. We were less impressed by Pascal Greggory’s talked-up performance as Jean, whose frenzied bursts of rage seemed more goofy than passionate. Chéreau’s script, co-written by Anne-Louise Trividic, is at times clever and cruel (and upheld by Eric Gautier‘s fluid camerawork) but elsewhere seems circular and interminable. By an hour in, we were longing for one, or better, both of the characters to decide to take arsenic. Spoilers: they don’t.

"Gabrielle" currently has no US distributor.

Click here for all the NY Film Festival reviews thus far.

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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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