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Loving Annabelle (2006)

Diane Gaidry , Erin Kelly (III) , Katherine Brooks  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diane Gaidry, Erin Kelly (III), Laura Breckenridge, Jennie Floyd, Greg Joelson
  • Directors: Katherine Brooks
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: WOLFE VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J4QWIG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,624 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Loving Annabelle" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Katherine Brooks and Erin Kelly
  • "The Making of Loving Annabelle" featurette
  • Alternate Ending
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Slide Show
  • Bonus short
  • Trailer

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A lot of taboos are broken in Loving Annabelle, even if the film itself remains remarkably tasteful--even demure. The central characters are two women, a teacher and her student, and the setting is an all-girls school (shades of Lost and Delirious). Annabelle (the smoldering Erin Kelly), a senior, is a rebellious rocker chick--the Beverly Hills version that is, i.e. highlighted hair, black eyeliner, and nose ring. Her senatorial mother ships her off to boarding school to shape up. Annabelle's hard-partying ways are starting to become an embarrassment. Miss Simone Bradley (the sympathetic Diane Gaidry) is a popular poetry teacher. She's a Catholic. Annabelle is not. Simone has a boyfriend, Annabelle is gay. Looks can be deceiving, however, and there's more to both than meets the eye. For one, Simone's relationship is not as secure as it appears. For another, Annabelle's ardor is so relentless it threatens to sway sympathy against her. She seems to have no regard for the damage an affair would inflict on her teacher's career. Nonetheless, Simone is not entirely resistant to her charms. Inspired by 1931's Mädchen in Uniform, writer/director Katherine Brooks preserves the forbidden relationship at the heart of the Weimar-era classic, but drops the political subtext. Consequently, she doesn't take on more than she can handle, but Loving Annabelle still feels a little slight. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Rising star Erin Kelly (Waking Madison) is Annabelle, a precocious Senator's daughter who falls for her Catholic school teacher, Simone (Diane Gaidry, The Dogwalker).

After Simone is assigned to control the rebellious student, she instead finds herself drawn into Annabelle's world. As their attraction builds, the two women must cope with the reactions of those around them. Writer-Director Katherine Brooks unveils this smoldering tale of forbidden love with intelligence, wit and sensitivity.

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222 of 234 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't realize its so great until it's over October 12, 2006
By Fredo
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie is fantastic. You don't really realize how great it is until after its over though. It is a great story. A Catholic Boarding School teacher falls in love with her female student. That's right, it is about lesbians and homosexuality. However, if you are just looking for "lesbian action" don't waste your time with this, its not a sex movie. If on the other hand, you are mature enough to handle such a plot, you'll love it. So after an hour of the student pursuing the teacher and the teacher being wary and afraid to be with her.....well I can't tell you how it ends. What I will say, though, is why it is so great. It does not openly debate, discuss, or point out anything about homosexuality being right, wrong, good, or evil. What it instead does is tell a wonderful tale of romantic, yet forbidden pursuit, and no matter what your stance is on homosexuality in general, you cannot help but hope for a happy ending, and get wrapped up in this love drama. After the movie is over, you think of how bittersweet the story is and poor this and at least that and then it hits you - You have been focusing on love, passion, heartache, and beauty....but NOT about Straight or Gay relationships. That's the beauty of this film. It captures you into a world of pure love drama and you forget that it is about a controversial subject at all. Regardless of your stance in this controversy, all you can focus on while watching is a love story between two human beings. Watch it, you'll love it.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful study of "forbidden" teacher/student love February 4, 2007
Format:DVD
This new 'hottest movie around' tells a poignant story full of taboo, passion, and hidden lives brimming at the surfaces of these women as they fall deeper into each others worlds. You're carried along watching Simone's more mature "self" struggle to resist the younger, beautiful, and obviously very enlightened, student. Rebellious Annabelle is young and doesn't demonstrate any real concept of consequence, and is focused on acting on her feelings and thoughts. This story is tender, real, controversial and compelling. The film quality is excellent, even if the acting isn't exactly top notch. Stil, the women and settings are beautiful! YES, there is seduction, obviously, and man is it wonderful! The women are just lovely, both actresses are completely sexy and intriguing. I didn't like the ending, but it absolutely dismantles the "double standard" question and says that it isn't OK to seduce students! (but you can also click the 'alternate ending' option in the bonus section to get a happier ending) I loved the way Simone's past was revealed bit by bit along the way; her struggle with heartache and vulnerability - but while possessing intellect and strength at the same time - was so intriguing. The evolving and maturing Annabelle was refreshing, but so was her youthful tenacity in holding on to her own set of values. The way they ultimately let the barrier between them melt away, and find themselves relating as women, unfolds in the "beach house" scene. Very touching. I take away 1 star for not developing this as much as it could have been, therefore, ending it in one hour. The love scene between the women is smokin' hot!
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deleted scenes, alternate ending, commentary, etc. December 1, 2006
Format:DVD
Great movie! One of the things I could NOT find on this page was the following info on the DVD release, THE EXTRA'S. :Behind the scenes featurette (with outtakes & interviews) , AN ALTERNATE ENDING, Commentary with Katherine Brooks & Erin Kelly, AND Deleted Scenes
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable, but I've seen better. January 18, 2007
By H
Format:DVD
I must admit, when it comes to Lesbian Films, most suck. This one didn't, but it wasn't as good as it could have been. The acting seemed a bit stiff to me and there was a lack of emotion and tension. Also the topic was moralisticly questionable. I know these relationships occur, but should they? Should a 30 something year old woman accept the advances of a 16 year old girl? As far as endings go, this one was different and not how people expect 'love stories' to end, but totally appropriate considering the topic and the people involved. If you want to see a nice Lesbian love story with a happy ending, lots of tension and emotion, see 'When Night is Falling'.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie with a Poor Ending. July 22, 2007
Format:DVD
Loving Ananabelle is well written, well directed, and both stars (Diane Gaidry and Erin Kelly) do excellent work here.

The story does a fine job of showing the venom faced by anyone who chooses to be different from the "norm", whatever that is. Although this movie touches on lesbianism, it is not simply a story about lesbians. And it is not porn, in my opinion. It's more a story about love, about prejudice, ostracism, harassment and about the courage and suffering required of those brave enough to openly leave the safety of the herd.

I would have rated this movie a strong five, had it not been for the ending. The writer/director is certainly a talented artist to have created such a fine and insightful story and to write and direct it so well. But she certainly could have done better on the ending; it was quite disappointing. The alternate ending available was better, but it was still less that adequate.

Overall, I recommend the movie, Loving Annabelle. Be ready for considerable disappointment during the final ten of fifteen minutes, however.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie changed my outlooK (WITH A FEW SPOILERS ) December 23, 2011
By toby
Format:DVD
this movie changed my outlook on student teacher relations. i remember when this movie came out it was going on alot, teachers being caught fooling around with students.
this is a movie about a girl named annabelle who through her family has grown up fast. shes almost out of highschool and goes to a boarding school. at the school she meets simone whos girlfriend has died (ok thats a little spoiler but youd find it out soon enough) and is a teacher at her school. simone is quite young herself, though she is an adult, its not like shes some wrinkled up old hag preying on kids. anyways, annabelle being more mature than her classmates pretty much dismisses them and some affections with her eye set on simone. they are truly spun on eachother.
nobody is preying on anyone in this. it just goes to show that theres a reason many states have an age of consent. this movie remains one of my favorite love stories and you dont have to be gay to appreciate it. this movie also made me think before pointing my finger when a student teacher controversy shows up in the newspaper if its consentual and the kids almost out of highschool theres probably alot more to it than the parents and faculty think up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars but you'll find that the simplicity and rawness is what makes it...
Don't pass on this movie. Yes, it's a bit short, and the plot could use a few more layers, but you'll find that the simplicity and rawness is what makes it great.
Published 1 day ago by Jessica Rathbun
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Lesbian Movie You Will Ever Watch
This endearing lesbian drama revolves around the story of Annabelle - who has been expelled from numerous schools due to her rebellious nature, and who finds herself being enrolled... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Hwang
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not like it at all
Published 4 days ago by J. W.
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie about a Catholics struggle with her sexuality.
A movie about a Catholics struggle with her sexuality. Boarding homes are well known for hiding there lesbians. There is a catch at the end when the dean finds out.
Published 7 days ago by P. Sloan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It wasn't a waste of time, but I was disappointed.
Published 7 days ago by Nicole E.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not much in the way of sex, but Annabelle's ...
Not much in the way of sex, but Annabelle's seduction of her teacher is interesting to watch. How many of us during schools days got infatuated with their teachers, male and... Read more
Published 9 days ago by YAC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very touching. Made me cry.
Published 10 days ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a really great movie in so many ways
I watched this movie soon after it came out on DVD and recently purchased it after running across the title online. It's a really great movie in so many ways. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Regina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Yes it ws an amazing movie...
Published 23 days ago by K. Liddle
1.0 out of 5 stars different
Weird couldn't watch the whole movie.
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Nielsen
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song in 'Loving Annabelle'
The song that runs through the credit is "Broken" by Olivia d'Abo, and the song that Annabelle sings at the dance is "All Over Me" by Lindsey Harper.
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