Narrative Feature | 104 minutes

HIFF 2017


Directed by
Emmett Malloy, Brendan Malloy

Produced by
Robbie Brenner, Karen Croner

Written by
Karen Croner

Jennifer Garner, Maika Monroe, Cody Fern, Alicia Silverstone, Noah Silver, Elisabeth Röhm

2017 | English | USA

When teenage Medina (Maika Monroe) moves with her family to the picture-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 the disintegration of Medina’s parents’ marriage leads her mother (Jennifer Garner) into an emotional freefall and pushes her brother towards addiction. 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.