Joyce Chopra’s “Smooth Talk” is a film made with the steady hand of a woman framing her deepest fears through the lens of a seduction.
Based on Joyce Carol Oates’ short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?,” which itself was inspired by the real ‘Pied Piper Murders’ in Tucson, Arizona, “Smooth Talk” is an 80s mall movie that sinks slowly — then suddenly — into nightmare.
Chopra’s first narrative film, the director was inspired to create “Talk” after reading Oates’ work, and being profoundly disturbed at the underbelly of grotesque anti-female violence in an America on the edge of social change. Chopra interprets this through the transition of “Talk’s” Connie, played by Laura Dern.
Connie, at 15-years-old,…