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Palo Alto review

Coppola adapts Franco's childhood...

The latest Coppola to grab a camera – Francis Ford’s granddaughter, Gia – makes a quietly assured debut with this tale of disaffected youth, adapted from a book of short stories by James Franco. The star also appears as a creepy soccer coach, object of desire for April (Emma Roberts).

Shying from the more controversial yarns in Franco’s book, this is a dreamy take on teen life, authentic in its everyday feel. Yet it plays like a series of disparate shorts and the absence of parents rings false. But with a distinct visual sensibility, Gia proves she’s one more Coppola to watch.

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James Mottram

James Mottram is a freelance film journalist, author of books that dive deep into films like Die Hard and Tenet, and a regular guest on the Total Film podcast. You'll find his writings on GamesRadar+ and Total Film, and in newspapers and magazines from across the world like The Times, The Independent, The i, Metro, The National, Marie Claire, and MindFood.