Written by Anna Canlas
High school gets a wistful filter in Palo Alto, the dreamy directorial debut of filmmaker Gia Coppola. Based on the book of the same name by actor James Franco, who also stars in the film, the coming-of-age movie follows the story of April (Emma Roberts), an innocent virgin who carries on an affair with her soccer coach (Franco) at a Northern Cali high school, a quiet setting rippled by its loners and bad boys. Set to a luscious soundtrack by Rooney’s Robert Schwartzman (middle name: Coppola) and Devonté Hyne a.k.a. Blood Orange, Palo Alto was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival last week.