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Quentin Dupieux - 2023 - 80m - France - In French with English subtitles - NO MATINEES


A wildly inventive new French comedy from Quentin Dupieux (MANDIBLES, RUBBER) The film,which had its world-premiere in Cannes’ Midnight section, follows the misadventures of a team of five superheroes known as the Tobacco Force - Benzene (Gilles Lellouche), Nicotine (Anaïs Demoustier), Methanol (Vincent Lacoste), Mercury (Jean-Pascal Zadi), and Ammonia (Oulaya Amamra).  After a devastating battle against a diabolical giant turtle, the Tobacco Force is sent on a mandatory week-long retreat to strengthen their decaying group cohesion. Their sojourn goes wonderfully well until Lézardin, Emperor of Evil, decides to annihilate planet Earth.

"Hands down his funniest – not to mention most enjoyable – to date. It’s bloody, absurd, and sports a Super Sentai influence in all the best ways imaginable." - Chris Sawin, Bounding Into Comics

"Every second of Smoking Causes Coughing is so unpredictable and funny you can’t help but love it." - Germain Lussier.

"There’s perhaps a metaphor for our post-lockdown solipsism hidden somewhere; as with anything by Dupieux, Smoking thankfully never slips into heavy-handed messaging." - Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage

"Isn’t just an anti-superhero superhero film, but, thanks to Tristram Shandy-like levels of discursivity, something akin to an anti-film." - William Repass, Slant Magazine

"It’s a film of fragmentary but funny rewards — funnier still, most likely, if accompanied by smoking of a different kind." - Guy Lodge, Variety

"The director’s stories know how to take extreme violence and turn it into sarcasm and comedy, often using inanimate objects to reflect humanity’s shortcomings." - Valerie Complex, Deadline Hollywood Daily

"Quentin Dupieux has a very strange and imaginative mind and “Smoking Causes Coughing” is a goofy and fun extension of that mind." - Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews

"Masquerades as a super hero yarn, but that’s merely an elaborate framing device for an anthology film that plays like “Creepshow” or “Tales from the Crypt” as processed through Dupieux’s delightfully warped sense of humor." - Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews

"Quentin Dupieux’s hilarious tokusatsu pastiche is an unhealthy delight for fans of the director." - Anton Bitel,

"Calibrated to an uncanny tonal wavelength, entreating eavesdroppers to indulge in the simultaneous exhibition of the comical and the creepy. Think midnight hangout movie, with quasi-stoner philosophy to boot — it’s quite a hoot." - Morris Yang, In Review Online

"Relive the golden era of Saturday morning television with Quentin Dupieux’s latest cinematic oddity of weirdly charming science-fiction." - Kat Hughes, THN

"Everyone gets the joke, which feels impossible." - Dan Scully, ScullyVision

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