Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: The controversial story of forbidden love in a Catholic boarding school. Annabelle falls in love with her beautiful poetry teacher, Simone.
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Year: 2006
Duration: 76 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Katherine Brooks
Writer: Olivia Bohnhoff, Katherine Brooks
Starring: Erin Kelly, Diane Gaidry, Ilene Graff

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Loving AnnabelleOne student, one teacher, one secret … With the biggest internet buzz of any lesbian film in recent memory, Loving Annabelle delivers with the controversial story of forbidden love in a Catholic boarding school. Annabelle (Erin Kelly), a senator’s daughter who is very world wise, falls in love with her beautiful poetry teacher, Simone (Diane Gaidry).

It’s a classic lesbian fantasy story of a young student who seduces an older woman. Annabelle pursues Simone, exploiting her emotional weaknesses. Both Kelly and Gaidry’s performances are superb, especially as we see Simone’s conflict under the watchful eye of Mother Emaculata (Ilene Graff).

Writer/director Katherine Brooks was inspired by the 1931 German film Maedchen in Uniform, which follows a girl as she falls for her teacher in a strict Prussian boarding school. Annabelle goes much further than a crush, and it’s the daring storyline and erotic charge that make the film that much more interesting. Keep in mind that this is a fantasy. While in real life it’s unlikely that a woman like Simone would risk everything for sex a student, or at least be smarter about it, a little suspension of disbelief makes this film one to watch. (AB)