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Sundance 2008: “Just Another Love Story.”

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Rebecka Hemse and Anders W. Berthelsen.
The meet cute in "Just Another Love Story" is very much not. Jonas (Anders W. Berthelsen) is out with his wife Mette (Charlotte Fich) and their two children when their beat-up car breaks down in the middle of the road. Julia (Rebecka Hemse) has been sobbing into her phone and doesn’t see them until it’s too late. Swerving to avoid them, she hits another car, killing its driver and ending up in a coma.

Jonas, troubled, goes to the hospital and, in order to see Julia, lies that he’s the man she called out to while lying in the road in shock after the accident — Sebastian, who turns out to be the boyfriend Julia met while traveling in Southeast Asia, the man her wealthy family members, who happen to all be there at the hospital, have never met but who have been desperately trying to contact. And so, Jonas ends up pretending to be Sebastian, at first out of guilt for the initial fib, and then out of a growing infatuation with Julia, who wakes up mostly blind and amnesic, an intriguingly fragile blank slate on which Jonas can project an idealized relationship that’s nothing like the daily grind of his life with Mette, his mortgage or his grim work as a crime scene photographer.

Danish director Ole Bornedal is best known here for his unloved 1997 remake of his own horror film "Nightwatch," with Ewan McGregor and Nick Nolte. He has a handy way with genres — Julia, with her restless rich girl past, her love of travel and tendency to attract damaged men, is jokingly labeled a femme fatale by one character, but she’s more representative of a whole world of film noir smashing into Jonas’ life and providing him with all the excitement and danger he’s ever longer for, and plenty more: Jonas starts the film off narrating, "Sunset Blvd."-style, from a spreading pool of blood on the sidewalk. How he finally ends up there, through a process of third act leaps of logic and over-the-top plot developments, turns out to be disappointing, but much of the briskly stylish film that precedes it isn’t. Sebastian’s midlife crisis and angst over the complacency that’s become his existence are understandable, given the way the gleaming Denmark suburbs in which he lives look fittingly like an Ikea nightmare, but he’s not let off the hook either. His wife and his friends all have their own quiet dissatisfactions and ways of coping that bleed through Sebastian’s self-consumed storytelling — but they, unlike him, have accepted that getting by involves certain compromises. Sebastian is the only one who believes he can make the leap into a different film entirely.

"Just Another Love Story" currently has no US distribution.

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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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