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Tribeca 2009: “Here and There.”

Tribeca 2009: “Here and There.” (photo)

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Men are from New York and women are from Serbia in “Here and There,” the first narrative film from writer/director Darko Lungulov, a sweet-natured, by the book, fish-out-of-water comedy. Technically, some of the men are also from Serbia, but though it tries to tell the dual stories of an American man traveling to Belgrade to bestow a visa on a girl he hasn’t met by marrying her, and the Serbian man in New York trying to raise enough money to pay him for that service, “Here and There” is weighted toward the former. Robert, played by eternal character actor David Thornton, is a failed 50-something musician with a nonspecific chip on his shoulder (“I can’t play anymore — I don’t know why”). Evicted from his apartment, he makes a deal with his man-with-a-van mover Branko (Branislav Trifunovic) to assist in retrieving the younger man’s girlfriend from Belgrade in exchange for a few grand. (Thornton’s wife, Cyndi Lauper, appears in a small role as the relative? ex? old friend? who temporarily takes Robert in.)

Thornton, grizzled and with an East Village boho shock of hair, cleans up into a credible worse for the wear charmer as he spends time with Branko’s widowed mother, Olga (a luminous Mirjana Karanovic, of “Grbavica”), who houses him, having been told he’s a friend of her son’s in town for a business trip. But Robert’s no lovable loser, just grumpy, rude, entitled and not given the benefit of a backstory to justify why — Thornton builds up a sweat projecting boredom and disdain. Robert and Olga romance while wandering through displays of wacky, dilapidated local life. When Branko flounders in his fundraising, the truth comes out in the Balkans, accusations fly, redemption looms and so on. Thornton and Karanovic are very good together, though the film implies, intentionally or not, that in Serbia, even the most sour, broke American loser is a total catch.

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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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