Smoke (1995)

WAYNE WANG, PAUL AUSTER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5Germany/USA/Japan, 1995.  Miramax, , , , .  Screenplay by Paul Auster.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by , .  Independent Spirit Awards 1995National Board of Review Awards 1995.   

A corner cigar shop in Brooklyn is the center of activity in this well-intentioned but uninteresting film. The story’s main focus is the store’s owner (Harvey Keitel) and the many relationships that he forges and ruins in the course of a few days. Stockard Channing is excellent as an old flame, but it’s only when she shares the screen with in a mother-daughter showdown that the film really comes alive.

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