Film - Smoking Causes Coughing

From the nicotine-stained imagination of French director Quentin Dupieux, watch the trailer for the superhero comedy Smoking Causes Coughing...

Press Release

A wildly inventive new French comedy from Quentin Dupieux (Deerskin [read Ren's review here - Ed], Mandibles [read Susan's review here - Ed]), 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.

Quentin Dupieux said, "When I began writing a comedy with such rich references to the past (Power Rangers, Creepshow, San Ku Kai, Halloween ...) with the simple but noble intent of entertaining audiences depressed by current events, I never suspected that I would find so much substance and truth along the way...

"Disguised as a farcical parody, Smoking Causes Coughing is in fact my film that is most seriously connected with the real world. And I was the first to be surprised.

"Without any conscious desire on my part, our own times and its dramatic issues infiltrated my dialogues. As though it is no longer possible to ignore the crisis our planet is going through. As though it is now inconceivable that a film, no matter how funny, can avoid reflecting what all of humanity is going through.

"Luckily for our audiences’ morale, Smoking Causes Coughing is an unabashed source of inconsequential entertainment. It never imposes any big speeches, and there is no moral of the story.

"Those who want to forget their troubles with a good laugh at the movies will probably see nothing but smoke. The cigarette smoke that we are talking about."

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