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Sundance: “Zoo.”

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"I love my animals more than most people do."
Robinson Devor‘s "Zoo" is the most beautiful, most unexpectedly prurient, and, yes, only documentary about zoophilia we’ve ever seen. Anyone looking for sordid details about how, exactly, a human being has sex with an Arabian stallion, or how one particular man ended up dying in a Seattle emergency room of a perforated colon, will likely be disappointed. Devor — whose two previous films, "Police Beat" and "The Woman Chaser," were both narratives — relies mainly on reenactments that play out alongside the voiceovers of the dead man’s zoophile friends and the woman who was charged with finding a new owner for his horse after the incident. Some of those involved appear as themselves; others don’t want to be seen and are played by actors, and one, a divorced Seattle professional who went by the name of "Mr. Hands," is dead.

The reenactments are hectically, sometimes oppressively beautiful. The Enumclaw incident, as it’s been labeled, took place outside Seattle in the verdant farmlands of Washington, a state in which bestiality is not illegal, and Mount Rainier looms like a fever hallucination in the background as the zoophiles gather on a farm owned by one of the community members. Often seeming more knitting club than gathering of sexual deviants, the community is made up of various members who retreat to the farm on the weekends for the haven as much as the sex. They have potluck dinners and make blended drinks. One member refers to it as a "classless society," and that sense of unity doesn’t seem exaggerated. Nor do the often flowery sentiments expressed by the members, who see their interactions with the animals as true relationships, speaking of rarefied love and connection in chaste tones. Devor gets his Herzog on a bit — he chooses to focus on the romanticized aspects of zoophilia to what is in the end the detriment of the film, which begins to feel euphemistic in its avoidance of physicality. In the interests of avoid easy sensationalism and of his admirable and aggressive humanism, Devor avoids the sexual aspect of zoophilia more than zoophiles themselves would likely deem fair — they, after all, may feel love, but they also made considerably earthier home movies. One, labeled "Big Dick," is retrieved by the police and watched, and the camera circles the four shocked viewers and the flickering screen as the we hear a soundtrack of grunts and groans. It’s a coy glimpse into another world — but then, what world did we just watch a film about? Forgive us, but we could have done with more horse fucking.

"Zoo" will be released by ThinkFilm sometime this year.

+ "Zoo" (Sundance)

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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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