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‘Little Fish’: Small Movie, Big Cast

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Rowan Woods’ 2005 film, Little Fish is a compelling look at the long-lasting complexities and aftermath of addiction. Cate Blanchett stars as Tracey, a thirtysomething recovering addict trying to get her life back together but is simply floating along. It’s a long slog from junkie to video store clerk living with her mom to being the entrepreneur of her dreams. Tracey’s path to a straight life is impeded by the human detritus of her relationships with current and past addicts, including her ex-boyfriend Jonny (Dustin Nguyen) whose reappearance uproots Tracey’s life.

The titular “Little Fish” refers to the plastic fish that are the preferred delivery system for liquid heroin as distributed by Sam Neill, who is frightening even as a leisure-suited drug kingpin with a comb-over. When he gets his hooks into a troubled family friend, junkie, and ex-football star Lionel Dawson, it takes an enormous emotional toll on Tracey.

The film’s script relies heavily on the skills of the cast, and the actors do not disappoint. Cate Blanchett is luminous, subtle, and skillful as the stumbling Tracey. Lionel is played by Hugo Weaving, who is perhaps best known as Elrond from Lord of the Rings trilogy, but is not looking very elfin in this complex and dark role. The cinematography is captivating, the soundtrack is haunting, and with the skills of the cast, the movie more than establishes Rowan Woods as a serious director.

Little Fish airs on IFC at 6 p.m. ET

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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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