The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Smooth Talk

Smooth Talk

December 4th – December 31st

Janus Films presents a brand new restoration of Joyce Chopra’s debut narrative feature, Smooth Talk!

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. Restored in 4K by the Criterion Collection.

Directed by Joyce Chopra | 1985 | 92 minutes | Rated PG-13 | US | English

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“An uncannily assured look at teenage anxieties. Throughout, Joyce Chopra patiently and shrewdly observes the contradictions of human behavior that Laura Dern brilliantly conveys.” – Jake Cole, Slant Magazine
“Dern’s fiercely thoughtful stillness, matched by the tremulous empathy of Chopra’s direction, brings out Connie’s ardent yet wary curiosity and frozen panic alike.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker