Ever tried to quit smoking? But then been unable to resist returning to that toxic (but tempting) relationship again? And again. And again.
A new short film, narrated by Charlotte Ritchie of Fresh Meat and Call The Midwife fame, captures just how hard it is for smokers to stub out love’s flame.
In a comic monologue, a woman reminisces about her tortured affair with cigarettes: from the head-spinning first rush of infatuation, to years in a committed relationship, and the way her old flame is there looking damn fine at every turn when she’s trying to forget him. A chance encounter at a bus stop drags her into a struggle with her on-again-off-again relationship that’s so bad, but so good… and her attempts to quit for The Last Time.
Director Christine Hooper’s stylised and colourful Wes Anderson-esque aesthetic matches the comedic tone, but also cleverly plays with the cruel irony of how hard it is to shake the glossy, romantic allure of those toxic tar-sticks. As such, it’s relatable contrast to the grey, humourless piety of most anti-smoking material. But whatever your cravings, the film rings true in depicting how it’s rarely as simple as dumping a bad habit and never looking back. This film provokes a wry laugh as we try – once again - not to let our good intentions go up in smoke.