FEB. 17 ONLY
Smooth Talk
Directed by Joyce Chopra
Starring Treat Williams, Laura Dern

Rated PG13 | Runtime 1 hours & 32 minutes

Presented as part of FIRST LOOKS, highlighting the feature directorial debuts of filmmakers whose work continues to significantly impact film culture. 

Based on Joyce Carol Oates’ celebrated short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and produced for PBS’ American Playhouse, the narrative debut from director Joyce Chopra features a revelatory breakout performance from Laura Dern as Connie, the fifteen-year-old black sheep of her family whose summertime idyll of beach trips, mall hangouts, and innocent flirtations is shattered by an encounter with a mysterious stranger (a memorably menacing Treat Williams). 

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Smooth Talk captures the thrill and terror of adolescent sexual exploration as it transforms the ingredients of a standard coming-of-age portrait into something altogether more troubling and profound.

"The film’s power is enormous throughout; spare means (long-held closeups, a four-minute take of sisterly confessions) evoke a drama that seems to have been filmed holding its breath." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker. 

Thu Feb 17
7:00p



FEB. 17 ONLY
Smooth Talk
Directed by Joyce Chopra
Starring Treat Williams, Laura Dern

Rated PG13 | Runtime 1 hours & 32 minutes

Presented as part of FIRST LOOKS, highlighting the feature directorial debuts of filmmakers whose work continues to significantly impact film culture. 

Based on Joyce Carol Oates’ celebrated short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and produced for PBS’ American Playhouse, the narrative debut from director Joyce Chopra features a revelatory breakout performance from Laura Dern as Connie, the fifteen-year-old black sheep of her family whose summertime idyll of beach trips, mall hangouts, and innocent flirtations is shattered by an encounter with a mysterious stranger (a memorably menacing Treat Williams). 

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Smooth Talk captures the thrill and terror of adolescent sexual exploration as it transforms the ingredients of a standard coming-of-age portrait into something altogether more troubling and profound.

"The film’s power is enormous throughout; spare means (long-held closeups, a four-minute take of sisterly confessions) evoke a drama that seems to have been filmed holding its breath." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker. 

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