Smoking Causes Coughing
Quentin DUPIEUX France 80 mins M18 (Violence and Gore) Southeast Asian Premiere
Absurdist filmmaker Quentin Dupieux’s francophone Power Rangers is a wacky, uproarious look at off-duty superheroes.
Like your favourite spandex-clad, helmeted childhood superheroes, the five-piece Tobacco Force fights extraterrestrial evil to save the world. But in order to defeat the formidable Lizardin, the squad needs to address their weakening solidarity. Their slobbering rodent chief decides to send them for a lakeside team-bonding retreat.
From talking barracudas to murders at a villa, this bizarre comedy plays with the genre conventions of children’s television, swerving unexpectedly into tales of the macabre. Dupieux’s latest film cements his position as a maverick cult director with the air of a self-assured surrealist.
Quentin DUPIEUX is a French filmmaker as well as electronic musician performing under the alias Mr Oizo. He is known for making surreal and comedic works such as Rubber (2010), Deerskin (2019) and Mandibles (2020), all of which were screened at major international festivals. Smoking Causes Coughing premiered at Cannes.