2009 – Brazil, 86 min. R-14
Directed by Anna Muylaert
Portuguese with English Subtitles
This genre-bending dark comedy that floats by in an unpretentious puff, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is a charmer whose charisma works, like its characters, in modest but lingering ways. In São Paulo, a lonely forty-something guitar teacher lives a tedious life in a lower middle-class apartment, accompanied by her only companions, cigarettes. When she and her new neighbor Max hit it off, however, she discovers that love —and a support group— can help her to overcome her habit… but it can also cloud judgment.