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Palm Springs International Film Festival
The movie has a '70s feel, from the muted palette of the production design and costumes to the sun-washed Pacific light.
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The Tribes of Palos Verdes

When teenage Medina (Maika Monroe) moves with her family to the picture-postcard perfect paradise of Palos Verdes, California, they seem headed for a happy new chapter in their lives. But old troubles soon catch up to them, as Medina’s parents’ marriage disintegrates, her mother (Jennifer Garner) spirals into an emotional free fall, and her twin brother (Cody Fern) turns to drugs. Caught in the middle of it all, Medina must rely on her inner strength to become the stabilizing force in her family, while finding refuge in a new passion: surfing. Set amidst the sun-kissed beaches and crystal blue waters of the California coast, The Tribes of Palos Verdes is a stirring look at how life’s greatest challenges forge who we become.

Played at

Royal, 12.08.17 - 12.21.17
Rated R Closed Captioning Available Closed Captioning Available
Runtime: 104 min
Language: English

Director: Emmett Malloy Brendan Malloy
Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Cody Fern, Jennifer Garner, Justin Kirk, Maika Monroe

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