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PALO ALTO

Director: GIA COPPOLA

100 minutes, U.S.A., 2013, Colour, D-Cinema


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The latest from a famed dynasty of filmmakers, the debut feature from Gia Coppola is based on short stories written by James Franco and references the classic portraits of disaffected youth that her grandfather Francis adapted from the work of S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. Not that Palo Alto is overly nostalgic or sentimental about teenagedom, as Coppola takes on issues of sexuality, addiction and depression with a welcome frankness. 

Stories weave around sensitive April (Emma Roberts) and sweet stoner Teddy (Jack Kilmer), two characters who seem destined for each other, yet both find it hard to articulate their feelings. She is distracted by illicit flirtation with her soccer coach Mr. B (played by Franco); while he starts to realise that booze and drugs might not be the sole cure to boredom, particularly as he witnesses the behaviour of his best friend Fred (Nat Wolff) become increasingly erratic.

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