Palo Alto (Gia Coppola, 2013)

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Gia Coppola debuts with “Palo Alto”, a discreet film but still worthy of a Coppola that we will keep an eye on.

Just when it seemed that there was no space for another Coppola, the surname resurfaces to remind us that the talent of the family is endless. Gia Coppola, daughter of deceased Giancarlo and niece of the main female representative of the Coppolas (Sofia), debuts as a director with “Palo Alto” (2013).
The film is an adaptation of James Franco’s recent book of the same name, and tells the stories of four aimless teenagers who get swept up in high school parties and experimentation. Boredom, confusion, love and rebellium mix up forming a portrait of the tedious adolescence of rich young Americans, focusing on the main characters of April (Emma Roberts), Teddy (Jack Kilmer), Fred (Nat Wolff) and Emily (Zoe Lenvin).
It is very easy to discern the Coppola style the film is constructed with. Gia creates almost a dreamlike space in which events occur without apparent order or reason, which makes up the perfect atmosphere in which the characters face their problems with such indifference and lassitude. Gia Coppola’s film recovers the proposal already made by her aunt Sofia in “The Virgin Suicudes” (1999), where said atmosphere and feeling of boredom lead to a higher state of depression, riskier and more remarkable.
Gia’s “Palo Alto” is a discreet film debut, but still up to what you would expect from a Coppola. Despite the intentions of the young filmmaker to face her projects without any help from her family in order to develop her own voice as a filmmaker, the comparison is inevitable for an audience very accustomed to this family.

 

By Nicolás Solís

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Palo Alto (Gia Coppola, 2013)

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Gia Coppola debuta con “Palo Alto”, un film discreto pero a la altura de una Coppola a la que no quitaremos el ojo de encima.
Ya cuando parecía que no cupiera otro Coppola en la industria de Hollywood resurge el apellido para recordarnos que esta familia es inagotable. Gia Coppola, hija del fallecido Giancarlo y sobrina de la principal representante femenina del talento de los Coppola (Sofía), debuta como directora con “Palo Alto” (2013).
La película es una adaptación del reciente libro de James Franco del mismo nombre, y narra las historias de cuatro jóvenes sin metas que se dejan llevar por las fiestas de instituto y la experimentación. Aburrimiento, confusión, amor y rebeldía se mezclan en un retrato de la tediosa adolescencia de jóvenes ricos americanos, centrándose en April (Emma Roberts), Teddy (Jack Kilmer), Fred (Nat Wolff) y Emily (Zoe Lenvin).
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Es posible adivinar el estilo Coppola con el que se construye la película. Gia crea un espacio casi onírico en el que los hechos se suceden sin orden o motivo aparentes, lo cual conforma la atmósfera idónea en la que los personajes se enfrentan a sus problemas con cierto desinterés y languidez. El film de Gia Coppola recupera la propuesta que ya hizo su tía Sofia con “The Virgin Suicides” (1999), en la que dicha atmósfera y sentimiento de aburrimiento se lleva a un estado mayor de depresión mucho más arriesgado y llamativo.
El “Palo Alto” de Gia constituye un debut cinematográfico discreto pero a la altura de lo que cabe esperar de una Coppola, y es que a pesar de las intenciones de la joven cineasta de sacar adelante sus proyectos sin ayuda de su familia para así encontrar su propia voz como cineasta, la comparación se hace inevitable para un público muy acostumbrado al cine de esta familia.

 

Por Nicolás Solís

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