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  • Dir. Quinten Dupieux
  • France
  • 2023
  • 80 min.
  • NR
  • DCP

In French with English subtitles

  • Assistive Listening
  • Subtitled
  • Hearing Loop

A wildly inventive and characteristically absurd new comedy from Quentin Dupieux (RUBBER, DEERSKIN), SMOKING CAUSES COUGHING 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 crew 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. 

“SMOKING CAUSES COUGHING is 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

“Absurdist director Quentin Dupieux is back with another bat sh*t crazy film… A parody within a parody that has its origins in comedy and Super Sentai television shows (like the Power Rangers or VR Troopers) of the ‘80s and ‘90s. It has Dupieux’s signature style of subplots, actor cameos, and hilarity that makes for a fun midnight feature.” —Valerie Complex, Deadline

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