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About the Movie
Bloomington is a coming-of-age drama about a former child actress attending college in search of independence and who ends up becoming romantically involved with a female professor. Their relationship thrives until an opportunity to return to acting forces her to make life-altering decisions.
J'ai été extrêmement déçue par ce film. J'étais si contente de pouvoir voir un bon film sur l'amour lesbien.
La bande-annonce est trompeuse.
Le film est précipité. Tout ce passe trop vite. Ça ne tiens pas la route.
Les personnages n'ont aucune profondeur de sorte qu'on apprécie même pas les scènes intimes.
Bloomington pulls no punches and basically, what you see is what you get. It is a refreshing lesbian love story that blissfully fails to raise the religious and societal arguments against homosexuality. In fact, there is no homophobia sideline at all. The morality of a student-teacher relationship floats gently in the background but essentially, it is the characters themselves who create the conflicts through which they struggle.
Instantly comparable to Loving Annabelle, Bloomington tried but inevitably fails to draw the same level of empathy for the characters. 'Jackie' is the confident student with obvious issues and as the movie plays Sarah Stouffer does a decent job of allowing us insight into Jackie's mind. 'Prof. Catherine Stark' is engaging from the very start and Allison McAtee brilliantly portays this confident yet emotionally vulnerable woman. Charming enough not to cross the line into predatory, she does nevertheless push the boundary as their relationship begins.
Possibly the biggest problems with the movie are the physical differences between the women; Stouffer's smaller stature emphasizes her young age while McAtee, tall and confident, appears at times to physically dominate many of their shared scenes. Together with the storyline, this creates an air of 'underage sex' discomfort. Nevertheless, the chemistry bewteen Stouffer and McAtee make the movie work and while it may not have the depth of other movies in the genre, Bloomington is a fun and entertaining watch.
Easily 4 stars.