The film is composed of a comic series of short vignettes shot in black and white built on one another to create a cumulative effect, as the characters discuss things as diverse as caffeine popsicles, Paris in the 1920s and the use of nicotine as an insecticide — all the while sitting around drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. As the film delves into the normal pace of our world from an extraordinary angle, it attempts to demonstrate how absorbing the obsessions, joys, and addictions of life can be, if truly observed.[original research?] There are also many common threads between vignettes like the Tesla coil, medical knowledge, the suggestion that coffee and cigarettes don't make for a healthy meal (generally lunch), cousins, The "Lee's" (Cinqué Lee, Joie Lee), musicians, acknowledged fame, and even the idea of drinking coffee before sleeping in order to have fast dreams. It is interesting to note that in each of the segments of the film, the common theme of alternating black and white tiles can be seen in some fashion.