Smoking/No Smoking (1993)

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In Yorkshire, Toby Teasdale is the alcoholic director of a school and married with two children with Celia Teasdale that is very unhappy. They have a maid, Sylvie Bell, and a guardian and ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Celia Teasdale / Sylvie Bell / Irene Pridworthy / Rowena Coombes / Josephine Hamilton
Toby Teasdale / Miles Coombes / Lionel Hepplewick / Joe Hepplewick
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In Yorkshire, Toby Teasdale is the alcoholic director of a school and married with two children with Celia Teasdale that is very unhappy. They have a maid, Sylvie Bell, and a guardian and handyman, Lionel Hepplewick, at school. Toby's best friend is Miles Coombes, who is married with three children with the easy Rowena Coombes. Along the years, simple attitudes might have changed their lives. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

15 December 1993 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Fumar/Não Fumar  »

Box Office


$57,033 (USA)

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(2 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The two stars of these films also starred in the film version of Alan Ayckbourn's Private Fears in Public Places (2006), also directed by Alain Resnais. Resnais and Sabine Azéma are husband and wife. See more »


Referenced in Saint Laurent (2014) See more »

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A smart and funny comedy on human nature
6 February 2004 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Alain Resnais ranks among the major French director but it is hard to point out a topic in such a large panel of different movies from 'Je t'aime-Je t'aime' to 'On connait la chanson'. It's not so obvious to recognize at first sight the Resnais touch. Maybe, the only possible approach of Resnais cinema is to distinguish in it a kind of deep exploration of relationship between humans. It's obvious in 'Mon oncle d'Amerique' but it seems that Resnais has devoted himself to reveal fundamental basis of relation/communication that can exist between two human beings, as humans being in space and time and their cultural background. And, with its no-narrative structure, Smoking/No smoking is a wonderful playground for analyzer Resnais, showing beyond laugh (Sabine Azema's nervous breakdown in Smoking is one of the funniest moment of cinema I've enjoyed) and tears, silence and words, all the nuances that stem from our human part, regardless of what is due to facts and events.

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