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“Changing Times.”

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"Still wear Eau Sauvage?"
The bustling Tangiers of André Téchiné‘s "Changing Times" is enough to ruffle even Catherine Deneuve — despite having carved out a life for herself there, with a younger Moroccan husband, an airy villa and a prominent, if not well-paying job at a local radio station, her Cécile looks always on edge, as if the tenuous contentment she’s managed to find might crumble at any moment. It does, but not under the onslaught of any expected forces — instead, it’s because of two unanticipated visitors: her son Sami’s (Malik Zidi) alleged girlfriend Nadia (Lubna Azabal of "Paradise Now"), coming with him unannounced from Paris with her 9-year-old son; and Antoine Lavau (Gérard Depardieu), a former lover who’s carried a torch for Cécile for thirty years, and who proceeds with a fumbling plan to win her back.

Sami, half-Moroccan and half-French, seems to be flitting back and forth between countries without any mooring; as soon as he’s back in Tangiers he revisits his Moroccan boyfriend, who’s got no romantic illusions about their relationship but who’s still willing to restart it. Nadia is a nominal cover for Sami’s sexuality, though his mother saw through this long ago; Nadia has her own troubles, among them the fact that her conservative and very Islamic twin Aïcha (Azabal) refuses to see her.

Times" has a lot on its plate — politics, race, sexuality, religion —
but all of these things are ultimately just angles at which to glimpse the city. The film could be the flipside of "Caché"
— while in Michael Haneke‘s film once-occupied Algeria is the angry, lurking
ghost of French past, in Téchiné’s Tangiers the Europeans are
lost-looking, inconsequential presences facing a far worse fate than
historical resentment: irrelevance. Of course, "Caché" was pointed and acidic; "Changing Times" is a mild tonal jumble with no direction in mind.

This is the seventh pairing of Deneuve and Depardieu, and the two icons
are, actually, the least interesting part of the ensemble. Of the dozen or so flitting half-narratives that surface, theirs is the only one that gets resolution, an epic romance gone clumsy and mundane and irrevocably human. Still, the two can come together as easily as a foot sliding into a comfortable shoe, particularly in their first scene together, after Antoine  has made his ungainly reentrance into Cécile’s life. She approaches him warily, amused but not so pleased to see him, and asks wonderfully "Still wearing Eau Sauvage?" He replies without missing a beat, "I’m a faithful type."

Opens in New York today.

+ Changing Times (IMDb)

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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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