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200 CIGARETTES

SYNOPSIS:
Set in New York's East Village on New Year's Eve 1981, the lives of various young couples and friends intersect at a party in a downtown loft.

"Everyone’s on their way to the party, this disparate group of friends, acquaintances and lovers (new, old and would be…) but they all have some serious business to take care of on the way. Well, serious to themselves, anyway. Here is a New York state of mind film, in which the specific cultural rituals of young New Yorkers – many of whom hope to get laid before the New Year sees its first dawn – opens our eyes to the wider, universal issues of infidelity, public toilet sex and funky nightclubs. There are many hilarious scenes, the humour emanating from a wry script and well observed humanity. It’s a lot of fun, with a lot of colour, but it never reverberates with its own emptiness. Enjoyably middle brow, the film is really about living in a cosmopolitan people-blender. Enjoy."
Andrew L. Urban

"Take your toe-tapping shoes along, it's party time in New York. High in energy and vibrancy, 200 Cigarettes is an upbeat, feel-good movie filled with optimism, fun, disparity and despair. Sparkling with life, zest and joie de vivre, through a witty and insightful script, we meet characters that exhibit the differences that make us unique. We discover their insecurities, fantasies, hopes and dreams. What is basically an arthouse film will delight a broader audience, largely due to its splendid cast and genuine heart. It's light and frivolous, yet deep and meaningful. And 200 Cigarettes is a lot of fun. It's about breaking up, getting together, feeling good about yourself and coping with the situation. We invest our emotions in a group of young people whose paranoias, fears and inadequacies are oh so familiar. Yes, there are stereotypes, but they are not presented as such – it's like people we have met, and we see a little of ourselves through characters who poignantly admit what they're feeling. Characters from different walks of life collide in a colourful kaleidoscope. It's gorgeous to look at, from the vital colours, the settings, the buzz and attitude. All the cast is excellent – Martha Plimpton as the party hostess who fears no one will show up is terrific, and the combination of Gaby Hoffman and Christina Ricci, who has perfected the brash, sullen rebel is a winning one. Courtney Love, too, is a standout. The title? Yes, everyone is puffing away throughout, but the relevance is that cigarette smoking is supposed to shield you from meaningful communication, allowing time to let barriers disappear. Funky, hip and downright cool, you can safely indulge in 200 Cigarettes – it's not harmful to your health and may add zip to your day."
Louise Keller

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

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TRAILER

200 CIGARETTES (M15+)
(US)

CAST: Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, David Chppelle, Courteney Love, Christina Ricci, Sara Gilbert, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, Gaby Hoffmann

DIRECTOR: Risa Bramon Garcia

PRODUCER: Betsy Beers, David Gale

SCRIPT: Shana Larsen

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Frank Prinzi

EDITOR: Lisa zeno Churgin

MUSIC: Michael Bramon, Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Mothersbaugh

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ina Mayhew

RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 13, 1999

PS: You might like to know that this film boasts no less than 11 producers: five are executive, two are co- and two are just plain producers.

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista

VIDEO RELEASE: October 1, 1999







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