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  • Actors: Allison Mcatee, Sarah Stouffer
  • Directors: Fernanda Cardoso
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004N21KIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

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Ita a very good movie.
tote
I don't feel this detracts from the story or the character development, though.
Bren C
This movie, sadly, is just not good.
G. Curtiss

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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Steven on May 10, 2011
Format: DVD
This movie was headed in the direction of being one of the greatest lesbian romances on film. As others reviewers have said it had good acting, direction, plot, and hot stars with chemistry. It avoided most of the tropes that ruin a lot of indie and lesbian films. Almost no excessively wordy dialog - a little bit of psyco-babble, (almost) no pretensiousness, no dead lesbians (just dead parents of a lesbian).

However, I do want to complain about the McMansion set. Too many a good indie film has been marred by giving the characters implausible real-estate holdings. It was probably shot in the home of one of the project's finacial backers. The flim maker even seemed self consious about this. The whole dead parents thing seemed to happen merely as a way to explain why a poor professor would own such a grand home - she inherited it. If you are that worried about it why not just find a dingy apartment to shoot in?

I want to give Sarah Stouffer a shout-out for her performance during the first sex scene. She did a fantastic job conveying the whirlwind of anxiety and excitement that comes with the thrill of new love. Was it all acting or was she really that scared? The mighty Desert Hearts is probably the only lesbian film with a better sex scene.

In general it was humming along nicely until it went off the rails near the end. It wouldn't be fair to critize the film because the characters didn't get a happily ever after. The real problem is that the editor simply ran out of time to properly tidy up all the dangling threads of the story. At the climax of the story the characters have a very painful break-up.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2011
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At this point everyone before has already given a synopsis of the movie so I won't waste space on that. I'm gonna hammer it down to some basic Goods and Bads. In a nutshell, if this movie stopped at mark 43:37 I would have given it 5 stars. Since it decides to take a suicide dive of character assassination, ugliness, and heavy-handed plot manipulation from then on, I give it 3.

Be warned: The Bads contain major plot points so don't read if you don't want to know about them.

The Goods:
- beautiful and talented actresses, especially in the form of one Allison McAtee. I'd never seen her in anything before but my goodness, she is "'Da Hawtness". Just flawless, classic beauty, with the acting chops and voice to match. I could have turned off the screen and just listened to her deliver lines. It was especially effective in the first intimate scene between Jackie and Catherine where she's taking control and leading Jackie through it. That's the stuff fantasies are made of. :)

- Casual treatment of sexuality. It's not clear whether or not either character is lesbian or bi or whatever, and we never have to have that self-discovery trek that happens sometimes. It was nice to just feel like these were two people who were attracted to each other and went with it. Done.

- Sex scenes were fantastic. I know others have written that they were disappointed with the lack of flesh and explicitness. I for one thought the way they portrayed those scenes were hot because of that reason. Some dark lighting, maybe the hint of a hand, some kissing, and you still feel the passion and it was still steamy. I wasn't looking for L-Word type shenanigans. I thought it was romantic and well-done.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By G. Curtiss on May 20, 2011
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I so wanted this movie to be good.

I always appreciate it when the effort is made to create lesbian-themed films. I buy them at pre-release to support the effort and when they're good, like Nicole Conn's "Elena Undone", I tell everyone who will listen to see it.

This movie, sadly, is just not good.

The student female lead appears to be about 12 (okay, 12 is an exaggeration but young, really, really young) and the professor female lead appears to be (depending on the camera angle) over 30. The professor is unlikeable throughout the whole film because their inappropriate relationship is based on power/seduction and not courtship-then-love. I didn't think there was any chemistry between the two leads and in one scene, when the professor leans over and cuts the food on the student's plate, it was way too parental and not personal/intimate (which I'm hoping was the director's goal). I thought the "bed scenes" were awful - not that I care to see lots of flesh, but during supposedly intimate encounters, neither woman removed their clothing.

I suppose any lesbian movie is better than none. I look forward to the day when there are so many viewing options; the market drives the makers to provide a better product. Until then, this stinko film is one of a very few current films available. Poop.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Roses Are Red on May 7, 2011
Format: DVD
Saw this last night and have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, the storyline had tremendous potential (as other reviewers have noted) and the leads were very attractive. On the other hand, there was virtually no character development nor development of the relationship itself. We have no clue, by the end of the film, what makes Catherine the predator she seemingly is, other than that she is lonely. Also, we have no clue what attracts these two women to each other. There is a hint, from the younger woman's end, of a mother-child relationship. But I was frankly quite stumped as to why someone as accomplished and gorgeous as the teacher (Catherine) would go for someone so infantile and underdeveloped/ under-exposed. Loneliness just doesn't explain it. The film "Loving Annabelle" did such a better job with the teacher-student relationship and the character development around a complicated dynamic. I wish this filmmaker had done the same, given the potential of the plot and the actresses. In spite of all that, I enjoyed the film and found it quite a guilty pleasure! Oh...one other thing, don't expect any hot love scenes. Beyond the kissing, the love scenes are PG rated and cut away right when things start to get interesting!
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