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1,349 Ratings

Palo Alto

Directed by Gia Coppola
United States, 2013


Weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her coach and a crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favours to any boy to cross her path; and Fred, whose behaviour may or may not be sociopathic.

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Palo Alto Directed by Gia Coppola
Coppola’s depiction of the adult world is especially effective, with their loud, overbearing voices and opinions sneakily taking the viewer out of the haze of the contemplative teen state of mind. More than anything, Coppola impressively evokes the ennui and uncertainty of teen life and her exquisite world-building skills coupled with the atmospheric music provided by Dev Hynes and Rooney ensure this dreamy piece remains captivating throughout.
October 16, 2014
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The short stories that make up Palo Alto – though connected – never feel like anything more than fragmented sketches thrown together. That is, untilGia Coppola fleshed them out with faces and an unflinching camera that conveys, in lingering just a little longer than usual, so much pathos that in the book reads as nihilistic, rambling prose.
July 11, 2014
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Maybe it’s because everyone except Franco, who was born in Palo Alto, hails from Hollywood, but the movie rarely feels authentic, offering up a generic suburbia populated by walking clichés: the overly sensitive dreamer, the opportunistic lecher, the secretly insecure party animal. If Franco has talent as a prose stylist, it doesn’t translate to the screen, and Coppola demonstrates little of her aunt Sofia’s gift for woozy atmospherics.
June 04, 2014
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