Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Palo Alto

The feature debut from writer-director Gia Coppola (the granddaughter of Francis Ford and niece of Sofia Coppola), based on the book of short stories written by James Franco. The complicated relationships, heightened emotions and romantic highs and lows of adolescence are explored in intertwining high school stories set in northern California.

"Emma Roberts plays April, a level-headed, intelligent, and spirited young woman who finds herself attracted to introspective artist Teddy (Jack Kilmer), whose buddy Fred's (Nat Wolff) destructive nihilism brings Teddy down with him. When her soccer coach (James Franco) comes onto her, April's world begins to spiral out of her control. One party bleeds into another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, and Fred's escalating recklessness spirals into chaos. With the vast majority of the film taking place outside of high school halls and classrooms, the characters are imbued with depth, as their carefully crafted lives are reflected in their dress, their bedrooms, and their actions." (Tribeca Film Festival)

2013Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language, drug use & sexual material100 minsUSA
Drama
92%
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Reviews & comments

The New Coppola is here !

Gia Coppola delivers a meandering tale of rich white high school students in Northern California, based on a collection of short stories by James Franco. It doesn't sound very new or exciting, I admit, but this debut feature is not your typical tale of teens gone wild. This portrait of youth aimlessness, angst and melancholy reveals its characters little...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Coppola proves to have quite the eye, if not quite the natural storytelling instinct of her cinematic kin, serving up a remarkably assured feature debut.

Time Out

Time Out

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A very promising debut... a lyrical tale of West Coast adolescent angst. Coppola’s sensitivity is always evident, especially in the open-hearted performances she gets from Roberts and Kilmer.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

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A drifty, appealing story, about that twilight period between childhood's end and the start of young adulthood.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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It's about the blank spaces in teenage heads and lives, and what they do to fill them.

3.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

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[The] film's profound identification with its teenage characters is ultimately its saving grace.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A dreamy looking, unsensationalized portrait of badly behaved residents of a notably affluent California town.

Variety

Variety

press

Coppola proves to have quite the eye, if not quite the natural storytelling instinct of her cinematic kin, serving up a remarkably assured feature debut.

Time Out

Time Out

press

A very promising debut... a lyrical tale of West Coast adolescent angst. Coppola’s sensitivity is always evident, especially in the open-hearted performances she gets from Roberts and Kilmer.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A drifty, appealing story, about that twilight period between childhood's end and the start of young adulthood.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's about the blank spaces in teenage heads and lives, and what they do to fill them.

3.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

[The] film's profound identification with its teenage characters is ultimately its saving grace.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A dreamy looking, unsensationalized portrait of badly behaved residents of a notably affluent California town.

The New Coppola is here !

Gia Coppola delivers a meandering tale of rich white high school students in Northern California, based on a collection of short stories by James Franco. It doesn't sound very new or exciting, I admit, but this debut feature is not your typical tale of teens gone wild. This portrait of youth aimlessness, angst and melancholy reveals its characters...

4.0