Gia Coppola's Palo Alto Summons Up the Timeless, for Today

What Young Feels Like

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Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts
Zoe Levin
Zoe Levin

Location Info


Landmark Sunshine Cinema

143 E. Houston St.
New York, NY 10002

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Lower East Side


Palo Alto
Directed by Gia Coppola
Tribeca Film
Opens May 9, Landmark Sunshine and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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Partly because there's so much confusion for these characters to navigate, they smoke — oh, how they smoke! — drawing nicotine and other assorted bearers of bad tidings deep into their healthy pink lungs. I can hear the anti-smoking police clucking right now, but damn, it's lovely. Only the very young can get away with smoking (it's a vampire that will begin sucking the life out of you around age 25), so the act symbolizes a specifically youthful kind of freedom: that of not yet having to care about dying. There are, after all, so many more immediate things to care about when you're just trying to get the knack of living. Palo Alto is a movie of exceedingly delicate feeling, the kind you can make only when you're very young or very old. Coppola — granddaughter of Francis Ford, niece of Sofia — is just 27, and her movie, for and about young people, breathes in deeply. But maybe it means even more when you're on the other side of 50 and beginning to exhale: How could we ever have felt this way? How could we not?

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