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Loving Annabelle

That a love affair between a teenage girl and a teacher twice her age might be inappropriate never seems to be considered by the makers of "Loving Annabelle," whose reality-disconnect is furthered by a setting and approach that suggests a luxury spa more than Catholic boarding school.

That a love affair between a teenage girl and a teacher twice her age might be inappropriate never seems to be considered by the makers of “Loving Annabelle,” whose reality-disconnect is furthered by a setting and approach that suggests a luxury spa more than Catholic boarding school. Taken as softcore lesbian fantasia — though there are signs writer-helmer Katherine Brooks’ intentions are serious — this unofficial, very loose “Maedchen in Uniform” remake will provide decent guilty-pleasure sofa-date fare for specialized auds. Theatrical bypass for DVD seems preordained.

Rebellious Annabelle (Erin Kelly) raised hell at other educational institutions, prompting banishment by her unamused senator mother to a nun-run rural school where prof Simone (Diane Gaidry) forever quotes suggestive poetry in class, then acts shocked when Annabelle points out the obvious subtext. Student soon brazenly chases teacher, whose resistance (she’s in self-denial enough to have a token boyfriend) is weak. Climactic bliss is interrupted, however, by tragic intervention of gossips, prudes and police. Gauzy lensing, nubiles lounging in lingerie, and some high-drama moments verging on unintentional camp keep slick but silly item well removed from any semblance of real life.

Loving Annabelle

  • Production: A Loving Annabelle production. Produced by Jennifer Young, Gregory Carroll. Co-producers, Jenny Green, Tiffany Ries. Directed, written by Katherine Brooks.
  • Crew: Camera (color, DigiBeta), Cynthia Pusheck; editor, Lori Ball; music, Aurah; production designer, Bruce Hollister. Reviewed at Cinequest, San Jose, Calif., March 10, 2006. Running time: 76 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Diane Gaidry, Erin Kelly, Kevin McCarthy, Michelle Horn, Laura Breckenridge, Ilene Graff, Markus Flanagan, Marla Maples.
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