Review: ‘An Intimate Friendship’

Like an extended TV soap opera, indie vidpic "An Intimate Friendship" offers earnestly awful relationship upheavals among the young and the gender-preferentially restless. Trite effort won't win any awards, but as its production company moniker duly notes, there is a market gap to be filled -- a paucity of lesbian dramatic features.

Looking and sounding like an extended TV soap opera, indie vidpic “An Intimate Friendship” offers earnestly awful relationship upheavals among the young and the gender-preferentially restless. Trite effort won’t win any awards, but as its production company moniker duly notes, there is a market gap to be filled — a paucity of lesbian dramatic features and prior success of such equally-bad-but-better-than-nothing-right? titles as “Claire of the Moon” suggest this will get at least some exposure as a direct-to-tape item.

Blandly delineated lead characters are a close-knit group of young adults in Phoenix. Faygan (Lisel M. Gorell) is shocked and Kelly (Rini Starkey) disgusted when latter’s sister Danielle (Stacy Marr) reluctantly reveals she’s involved in a serious, live-in Sapphic relationship with Sam (Kerry Leigh LePage), the producer at a theater where scenarist/thesp Faygan works. Faygan plays intermediary between the estranged sibs, drifts into a relationship with longtime friend Jamie (Tim McMillan), then suddenly realizes it’s Danielle she really loves. Cliched dialogue, antiseptic suburban atmosphere and lack of plausible or in-depth character development keep pic hovering between the banal and ridiculous. Some uneven miking aside, tech aspects are adequate by off-net broadcast standards.

An Intimate Friendship

Production

A Filling the Gap production. Produced by Angela Evers Hughey. Executive producer, Sheri Owens. Directed, written by Angela Evers Hughey.

Crew

Camera (color, HD vid), Jessica Gallent; editor, Sharri Weinberg; music, Laura Sawosko. Reviewed at San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Festival, June 15, 2001. Running time: 81 MIN.

With

Lisel M. Gorell, Stacy Marr, Rini Starkey, Tim McMillan, Kerry Leigh LePage, Angela Evers Hughey.
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