Based on the short stories of controversial Hollywood star James Franco, Palo Alto explores the turbulent, confusing and lonely time known as adolescence. Teenagers April (Emma Roberts) and Teddy (Jack Kilmer) have a bond but can’t quite articulate their feelings in the haze of partying, drinking, drugs and meaningless sexual encounters that seemingly define the lives of these high schoolers.
The directorial debut from the next generation of the infamous Coppola clan, Gia Coppola, transforms the film into something beautiful to watch.
Sadly there’s only a semblance of a narrative to follow but considering the film’s subject matter perhaps that’s the point.
Although wonderfully shot, well acted and a poignant insight into adolescence, it has all been said before. (MT)
BY MELODY TEH