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Strictly Brohibited Presents

A Return Engagement of the New Restoration!

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Return Engagement of the New Restoration!

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.

"An astoundingly tactile, intimate vision." – The New Yorker

"A performance of quiet depth and intensity that augurs a brilliant career for the young Laura Dern." – The Washington Post

  • Year
  • Runtime
    91 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Strictly Brohibited Presents
  • Director
    Joyce Chopra
  • Cast
    Laura Dern, Treat Williams