“No Smoking” is the second half of Resnais’ ambitious work with over a dozen endings based on “what could have happened” in the lives of these characters. “No Smoking” focuses on the Coombes, friends of the Teasdales and how their lives intertwine.
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And in a work full of alternatives and "what ifs" it is this entire half that feels as the lesser alternative to the masterful Smoking. It's curious, despite only two actors playing every character, I think their soul so much in the "main" ones that the rest is just that, the rest. And yet I can't deny these beautiful scenes. Oh, the golf lawn, the misty cliff, the burning shed. And that ending, that final funeral.