Loitering With Intent turned out to be a spontaneous choice for a film, due to the initial film being cancelled. The story begins with two guys in the pursuit of starting their careers as scriptwriters. As an attempt to gain financial support, the two friends Dominic and Raphael decide to lead a producer into believing they have a great script ready – and are offered a $300,000 budget. With only 10 days to complete the script, the guys drive to upstate New York to Dominic’s sister Gigi’s beautiful country home. Though they intended to leave all distractions back in the city, they end up getting derailed by numerous things such as Gigi’s friend Ava who is there to tend to the garden. Gigi also shows up, further causing her boyfriend Wayne to arrive and cause complications because of his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The situation gets even more complicated due to the chemistry between Gigi and Raphael, which again causes conflicts between him and her boyfriend Wayne as well. Wayne’s little brother Devon is perhaps portrayed as the less intelligent guy in the group, but he has managed to get his own reality show in spite of this – adding even more pressure the task at hand. The main characters Raphael and Dominic experience some turbulence of their own as their differences in priorities begin to annoy one another. However, despite the generous amount of conflicts within the house, the story makes room for light-hearted moments and a clever dialogue throughout the movie.
Overall, this film is great. It consists of fast-paced imagery, beautiful landscapes as well as charismatic details in every frame – topped with a delightful indie-folk soundtrack. Loitering With Intent turned out to be a dramatic but charming comedy about life and friendship, and ended up being my favorite film from the Hawaii International Film Festival. Though there are both important topics and simple truths throughout the story, the film leaves the mind both inspired and rejuvenated in the end. Perhaps the peaceful country scenery plays a part in it as well.