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Coppola's Palo Alto lands on Blu-ray in March


One of the first big releases of 2015 will be acclaimed US independent Palo Alto from Vendetta Films. Writer-director Gia Coppola, working from a short story from James Franco, who also stars in a lead role, provocatively triangulates interwoven character studies set in and around a California high school. It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD.

To the plot. There's shy teen April, a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach Mr. B. She is also the class virgin. Teddy is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. B., and Teddy performs community service for a DUI - secretly carrying a torch for April, who may or may not share his affection - Fred seduces Emily, a promiscuous loner who seeks validation through sexual encounters. One high school party bleeds into another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, and Fred's escalating recklessness spirals into chaos.

Starring Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff, Palo Alto is directed by Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola and cousin of Jason Schwartzman (Bored to Death, Rushmore). Stephanie Zacherek writing in The Village Voice raves "The movie perfectly captures the vibe of late high school, in a way that's both of its time and timeless." Closer to home Paul Byrnes writing in the Sydney Morning Herald calls Palo Alto "a tough little movie about American teenagers, made with poise and commitment and visual style."

Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette. Palo Alto is released on Blu-ray and DVD March 18.