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Cannes: “Les Chansons D’Amour.”

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Love songs.Christophe Honoré‘s "Les Chansons d’Amour" is a Hail Mary pass of a film, an omnisexual modern Parisian musical that makes the director’s last effort, the dreadful and ridiculous bit of Oedipal arthouse fartery that was "Ma Mère," look like a safe choice. It’s also exists so brazenly in its own world that even if you’re not won over by its uneven charms, you have to admire its chutzpah. We started off with that kind of shrug and by the end were genuinely fond, so qui sait?

And so: Louis Garrel, he of the massive tousled head and melancholic Gallic gaze, stars as Ismaël, who’s been together with his girlfriend Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) for eight years. The two are still in love but are concerned about his long hours (he works at a newspaper) and general relationship malaise. To keep things fresh, they’ve introduced a third person into their romance (ah, France) — Ismaël’s coworker Alice (Clotilde Hesme). This, Julie confides to her mother on the sidelines of a family dinner, only seems to be exacerbating things. And then… Julie dies. Ismaël is a wreck, and Julie’s family members struggles to keep tabs on him while dealing with their own grief. He eventually wavers towards finding comfort in the arms of a persistent, smitten high school boy (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet). Did we mention this is a musical? The characters continually break into brief, pop-influenced song, sometimes peppered with amusingly unmusical vulgarities. Only a few of the tunes are in any way memorable, the best being a discussion of the trials of the ménage à trois that rises to a joyously 60sesque la-la chorus.

Where are we with the musical these days? The combined weight of realism and irony crushed it for a while, and after that any song-and-dance number had to have inherent kitsch or comedy (or be animated). "Les Chansons d’Amour" is the latest film to try to drag the genre back from the realms of camp, and it bears some resemblance to "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" in its desires to combine the day-to-day and matter-of-fact (or, for "Chansons," the overtly contemporary) with the weightless magic of a great musical number. Honoré’s film rarely reaches those heights, but it attempts them with nary a wink, and for that alone it certainly earns a salute.

"Les Chansons D’Amour" 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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