Sarah gave Ezra a soul crystal, and that may have been a mistake. “I Love to Wait,” directed by Harrison Atkins, is an imaginative, free-roaming vision of an on-and-off relationship in Los Angeles, a rare melding of the mundane and the mystical. In a world where couples communicate via crystals (which they talk and listen into like phones), Sarah and Ezra are in the middle of a stilted back and forth dialogue. Ezra is often distant and preoccupied, of late writing a novella called “Pepsi Boys,” (“it’s about our relationship,” he insists). Sarah attempts to leave space for him in her life, but he’s unreliable - disappearing without explanation before showing up weeks later like nothing happened. Sarah moves on to a relationship with her friend Christy while Ezra lingers in unexpected ways. Atkins assembles a dream team cast of Lindsay Burdge, Whitmer Thomas and Sunita Mani, all perfectly in tune in service of something strangely funny and oddly haunting.
Written, directed, edited by Harrison Atkins. Starring Lindsay Burdge, Whitmer Thomas, and Sunita Mani. Executive producers: Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell. Produced by David Brundige. Co-producer: Jesy Odio. Director of photography: Ben Mullen. First ac, gaffer, dit, post-sound: Daniel Johnson. Production designer: Madelyn Wilkime. Art director, wardrobe: Kati Skelton. First assistant director: Isabel Wilder. Sound recordist: Stephen Harrod. Hair, make-up: Nichola Jane Mottram. Title design: Alejandro Ovalle. Original music by Alan Palomo. Compositing: Alex Familian.