No Smoking


2h 22m 1994

Brief Synopsis

This comedy, along with its companion feature "Smoking" (France/1993), deals with the relationship between chance and human determination. Two actors portray various characters in a series of vignettes, each with dual outcomes. After recounting the first story in a straightforward manner, the film s

Film Details

Also Known As
Smoking/No Smoking
Release Date
1994
Production Company
Centre National Du Cinema; Eurimages; France 2 Cinéma; Procirep; Pyramide Films; StudioCanal; Vega Film
Distribution Company
October Films; Pyramide Distribution
Location
Paris, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 22m

Synopsis

This comedy, along with its companion feature "Smoking" (France/1993), deals with the relationship between chance and human determination. Two actors portray various characters in a series of vignettes, each with dual outcomes. After recounting the first story in a straightforward manner, the film suddenly asks "what if?" and explores a parallel universe peopled by the same characters. "No Smoking" emphasizes the tottering marriage of wimpish gentleman Miles Coombes and his hot-to-trot wife Rowena, and the friendship between Miles and alcoholic school administrator Toby Teasdale.

Film Details

Also Known As
Smoking/No Smoking
Release Date
1994
Production Company
Centre National Du Cinema; Eurimages; France 2 Cinéma; Procirep; Pyramide Films; StudioCanal; Vega Film
Distribution Company
October Films; Pyramide Distribution
Location
Paris, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 22m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1997

Released in United States 1994

Released in United States February 1994

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 20 - June 12, 1994.

Shown at Taormina Film Festival July 27 - August 2, 1994.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 10-21, 1994.

Based on Alan Ayckbourn's octet of plays "Intimate Exchanges" which premiered in Scarborough, England in 1982 and were first staged in London's West End in 1984. The plays were subsequently presented at the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA in 1993.

For its European theatrical release, director Edouard Molinaro shot a trailer with stars Sabine Azema and Pierre Arditi that features the two actors walking to a theater in Paris arguing over whether to see "Smoking" or "No Smoking."

Alain Resnais received a Silver Bear for this film and its companion piece, "Smoking" (France/1993) at the 1994 Berlin International Film Festival.

Began shooting October 5, 1992.

Completed shooting February 22, 1993.

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1997

Released in United States 1994 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 20 - June 12, 1994.)

Released in United States February 1994 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 10-21, 1994.)

Released in United States 1994 (Shown at Taormina Film Festival July 27 - August 2, 1994.)