|Directed by||Alain Resnais|
|Produced by||Bruno Pésery
|Written by||Agnès Jaoui
|Narrated by||Peter Hudson|
|Music by||John Pattison|
|Editing by||Albert Jurgenson|
|Running time||298 minutes|
Smoking/No Smoking is a 1993 French comedy film. It was directed by Alain Resnais and written by Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri, from the play Intimate Exchanges by Alan Ayckbourn. The film starred Pierre Arditi and Sabine Azéma.
"Smoking" and "No Smoking" are two segments of the film which are based on closely connected plays. The original plays covered eight separate stories, which have been pared down to three each for these movies. At a certain point in the story of each segment, the five female characters (all played by Sabine Azema) and the four male characters (all played by Pierre Arditi) have their lives skillfully recapped in terms of "what might have happened" if they had made or failed to make certain choices. For example, "No Smoking" focuses chiefly on the relationship between the mild-mannered Miles Coombes and his infinitely more aggressive and ambitious wife, Rowena.
The narrator is voiced by Peter Hudson.
- Sabine Azéma as Celia Teasdale / Sylvie Bell / Irene Pridworthy / Rowena Coombes / Josephine Hamilton
- Pierre Arditi as Toby Teasdale / Miles Coombes / Lionel Hepplewick / Joe Hepplewick
Awards and nominations
- Berlin Film Festival (Germany)
- César Awards (France)
- Won: Best Actor – Leading Role (Pierre Arditi)
- Won: Best Director (Alain Resnais)
- Won: Best Film
- Won: Best Production Design (Jacques Saulnier)
- Won: Best Writing (Jean-Pierre Bacri and Agnès Jaoui)
- Nominated: Best Actress – Leading Role (Sabine Azéma)
- Nominated: Best Cinematography (Renato Berta)
- Nominated: Best Editing (Albert Jurgenson)
- Nominated: Best Sound (Bernard Bats and Gérard Lamps)
- French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (France)
- Won: Best Film
- "Berlinale: 1994 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
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