Friday, 15 August 2014
'Palo Alto' follows a group of teenaged high school students in California as they grapple with the relationships they have with their peers and with adults. Although a talented lot - musicians, artists and on the sporting field - they are a largely languid group who spend a lot of their time under the influence of alcohol and drugs and participating in loveless, often callous, sex.
There is not much plot to the film which is styled more like documentary glimpse into a week or so of their lives.
The film is based on a collection of short stories written by James Franco and I assume maybe partially biographical.
Franco also features in the film as a Physical Education Teacher and as with most of the other adults featured his character is frankly rather creepy.
The teenagers come across as very natural.
Its all slow and rather sad and a bit of a downer.