Smoking/No Smoking

Smoking/No Smoking

Directed by Alain Resnais
Produced by Bruno Pésery
Michel Seydoux
Written by Agnès Jaoui
Jean-Pierre Bacri
Starring Pierre Arditi
Sabine Azéma
Narrated by Peter Hudson
Music by John Pattison
Cinematography Renato Berta
Edited by Albert Jurgenson
Distributed by Pyramide Distribution
Release dates
  • 15 December 1993 (1993-12-15)
Running time
298 minutes
Country France
Language French

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.

It won the César Award for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Writing.


"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.


Awards and nominations


  1. "Berlinale: 1994 Prize Winners". Retrieved 2011-12-29.

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