Our Rating: ★★★½☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Hot for teacher
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Year: 2010
Duration: 83 minutes
Language: English/USA
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Fernanda Cardoso
Writer: Fernanda Cardoso
Starring: Allison McAtee, Katherine McGregor, Sarah Stouffer

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BloomingtonThe student/teacher romantic fantasy seems to be a recurring theme in lesbian films. We’ve seen it long ago in Maedchen in Uniform, then in Intentions and Loving Annabelle, and now in Bloomington.

Jackie Kirk (Sarah Stouffer) is 22, a former child star known for her role in the sci-fi tv show “Neptune 26.” Enrolling in a Midwestern college, she moves from California and tries to fit in, enduring the usual freshman issues, as well as the additional pressures of celebrity.

Soon she encounters Catherine (Allison McAtee), a psychology professor with a lady killer reputation with her students. Within minutes of meeting, the older woman is kissing Jackie just a few feet away from the crowd at a department mixer. They hop into bed right away.

The rest of the film follows their relationship, with some tame sex scenes. Jackie’s return to the entertainment industry and a university crackdown on Catherine’s extracurricular activities with students challenges the cocoon of their secret affair.

Bloomington was a film festival favorite, but if you are like me, you will have difficulty with Catherine’s predatory nature and the power dynamics between the two. Jackie also looks much younger than 22, and Catherine’s character is somewhat of a cliché (although turned on its head, bedding girls instead of boys). The acting and production values are top notch. (AB)