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.