*Online Premiere* Emily's visit to the dentist takes a surreal and unexpected turn. Natalie Peracchio directs “Smile,” an unclassifiable merging of the mundane and the bizarre, which uses a vérité documentary style to monitor an uncomfortably intimate dental experience. As she waits to get a cavity filled, Emily settles into her surroundings and endures the small talk of a friendly nurse. When the dentist enters, things get weirder. He injects her mouth with a numbing agent and, while Emily winces in discomfort, he casually chats with the nurse about his kid’s college admission. As we go, we drift slowly from the awkward into the incomprehensible, and it culminates when Emily gags on a mouth mirror and spits up something strange. Calling special attention to the peculiar ways humans converse, and the inopportune moments which those interactions occur, Peracchio’s film is presented mostly in long single takes that give off a real-time energy that often feels even slower than that. With its odd timing and behavior, and its roaming, hyper-observant camerawork, it takes on a dream-like quality at times, but it’s always anchored down by the naturally compelling lead performance from Lauren Slone. [Watch on YouTube]. (15 minutes). Written and Directed by Natalie Peracchio. CAST: Lauren Slone, Anwar Molani, Erika Toraya, Cecilie Rushton. Director of Photography: Ted von Bevern.