Watch Anytime • Virtual Screening Room: SMOOTH TALK (1985) – NEW 4K RESTORATION
SMOOTH TALK – NEW 4K RESTORATION
Available to your home theater through the Olympia Film Society
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Suspended between carefree youth and the harsh realities of the adult world, a teenage girl experiences an unsettling awakening in this haunting vision of innocence lost. 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.
Dir: Joyce Chopra / 1985 / US / 92 min
“A gorgeous, thrilling portrayal of careless childhood dissolving in the summer sun, Smooth Talk is a landmark coming-of-age film and signals the arrival of one of cinema’s favorite stars.” — Lee Jutton, Film Inquiry
“The film’s power is enormous throughout.” — Richard Brody, New Yorker