Palo Alto
First screened in December 2014
Director: Gia Coppola. Cast: Jack Kilmer, Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, James Franco, Olivia Crocicchia, Claudia Levy, Nathalie Love, Jacqui Getty, Emma Gretzky, Andrew Lutheran, Bailey Coppola, Bo Mitchell, Brennen Taylor, Val Kilmer, Chris Messina, Janet Jones, Colleen Camp, Don Novello, Amelia Burstyn, Margaret Qualley. Screenplay: Gia Coppola (based on the short story collection by James Franco).

Twitter Capsule: From a fuzzy start and familiar material Coppola extracts a steadily engrossing vision, creeped-out but compassionate.

VOR:   Prismatic survey of teen anomie is hardly groundbreaking, and the stylistic impress of other filmmakers, even other Coppolas, is strong. But film amasses its own strange purchase on its themes.

Photo © 2013 Tribeca Film/RabbitBandini Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

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