Loving Annabelle

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Loving Annabelle Review


Not a week goes by -- seriously -- without word of another teacher-student love affair hitting the papers. Usually it's a heterosexual affair, but once in awhile we get a lesbian encounter. Such is the story of Loving Annabelle, a surprisingly tame look at the punky new lesbian kid at a Catholic school, Annabelle (Erin Kelly), who falls for her teacher Simone (Diane Gaidry).

Naturally, there are revelations on both sides: Annabelle is "troubled" in traditional movie methodology, while Simone is clearly a closeted lesbian trapped in a loveless affair (with a man), and of course Annabelle's classmates almost all find lesbianism "icky." Of course these are all mere obstacles in the way of a Simone-Annabelle hookup, though Simone fights it tooth and nail before finally giving in.

While this outcome is telegraphed all along, what's not so clear is that once the relationship is consummated, the movie abruptly ends. 71 minutes into the picture. I won't spoil the (extremely minor) event that comes after they get dressed, but it's nothing you won't expect from frame one. Was there more of this movie that just didn't get made? Did they run out of money? Loving Annabelle gets interesting at the very moment the credits roll, and that's a shame, because it's otherwise a lush-looking film that has an extremely timely news hook to it. Presumable Brooks is unwilling to face facts in the end... that, you know, Simone probably shouldn't be having sex with one of her students.

Both Gaidry and Kelly are capable performers, and their work here should qualify them for wider recognition, but the script from writer/director Katherine Brooks (best known for work on a variety of reality TV shows), is almost criminal in its lack of a third act and serves up some real howlers that the actors nonetheless dutifully recite for Brooks' soft-focus lens.

An alternate ending (again, no shocker here, it's Annabelle going to the beach), commentary, and deleted scenes round out the DVD.



Loving Annabelle

Facts and Figures

Run time: 76 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 24th May 2007

Budget: $900 thousand

Distributed by: Wolfe Releasing

Production compaines: Big Easy Pictures, Divine Light Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 6.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Katherine Brooks

Producer: Katherine Brooks, Gregory Carroll, Jennifer Young

Starring: Erin Kelly as Annabelle, Diane Gaidry as Simone Bradley, Laura Breckenridge as Colins, as Kristen, Gustine Fudickar as Cat Pegrum, as Mother Immaculata, as Father Harris, Markus Flanagan as Michael, Karen Teliha as Sister Claire, as Lauren, Greg Joelson as Barry, as Senator Tillman (as Wendy Schall), Gregory Carroll as Senator's Aid, as Senator's Aid, Leslie Andrews as Martha (as Lesli Andrews), as Schoolgirl, Scott Chaster as Gardener, Jake Newton as Singer, Marc Dold as Guitar, Daniel Fritz as Drums, Chris Holder as Bass, Josh Silberman as Waiter, Rita Obermeyer as Receptionist, as Male Detective, Jenny Green as Female Detective

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