Film & Television

John Maguire on film: Offbeat flick Smoking Causes Coughing runs out of puff

Smoking Causes Coughing sees group of superheroes swap stories of their lives fighting evil but idea is half-baked and becomes a bit of a drag

Smoking Causes Coughing features a group of superheroes known as The Tobacco Force who go on a team-building camping holiday


Smoking Causes Coughing, directed by Quentin Dupieux; selected, 16; rating: **

The offbeat vision of auteur Quentin Dupieux has given us a murderous car tyre (Rubber), man-sized insects (Mandibles) and a man (Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin) who goes on a murderous rampage to secure a fringed suede jacket (Deerskin). The French writer and director’s demented low-budget comedies place seemingly ordinary people in impossible situations and watches as they struggle to retain their sanity. The genius ...