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Smoking Causes Coughing

A wildly inventive new French comedy from Quentin Dupieux (MANDIBLES, RUBBER), 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 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.

2023, 77 minutes, Not Rated, Directed by Quentin Dupieux

  • “A superhero movie for idiots! One of the best films of the year.”

    – John Waters, ARTFORUM
  • “Masquerades as a superhero 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
  • “It remains a breath of fresh air and contains enough moments of invention and flawless comedy to amuse and charm.”

    – Elena Lazic, THE PLAYLIST
  • “It’s a film of fragmentary but funny rewards — funnier still, most likely, if accompanied by smoking of a different kind.”

    – Guy Lodge, VARIETY
  • “While Dupieux’s ‘Rubber’ and ‘Deerskin’ are his best films, ‘Smoking Causes Coughing’ is hands down his funniest – not to mention most enjoyable – to date.”

  • “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
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