The intelligent Annabelle starts in an elite Catholic girls' boarding high school after being expelled from the previous 2 schools. She's open about being lesbian. She's attracted to her teacher, Simone.
An uptight and conservative woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman who works at a local carnival that comes to town.
Annabelle is the wise-beyond-her-years newcomer to an exclusive Catholic girls school. Having been expelled from her first two schools she's bound to stir some trouble. Sparks fly between her and her teacher, Simone Bradley. Annabelle pursues Simone relentlessly until Simone must make a choice between following her heart and doing what's right.Written by
During Annabelle's first English class with Ms. Bradley, random quotes and poems are written on the chalk board, which becomes visible while Ms. Bradley quotes a poem by Walt Whitman. During this time, the lyrics "open your heart, catch my disease" followed by "B. Lee" from Ben Lee's 2005 single "Catch My Disease" can be seen in the lower left corner of the board, written in yellow chalk. This is presumably a joke quote, that has no relevance to the scene. See more »
In the classroom when Simone takes the note from Cat, you can see the microphone on the inside of Cat's shirt. See more »
[talking about getting rid of Annabelle's beads]
Maybe you could carry them in your pocket or hide them in your bag where no one could see them.
I'll think about it.
Why are you making this so hard?
The first person I fell in love with gave them to me.
You still in love with him?
*She* moved to Europe last year with her family.
[Simone touches Annabelle's arm]
Think about it.
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I'll begin this review by saying I didn't dislike this film. It was well acted, and looked very very good for an independent film. I guess I just felt like I knew everything that was going to happen before it did. At the beginning of the movie, the scenes seemed very trite and underdeveloped; after a few lines of dialogue and a couple of cuts, we're abruptly taken away to the next part of the story. Because of this rushed feeling to the movie, I never got to know the supporting characters, who had plenty of potential for further development.
The one thing I find redeeming about this film is the tension that builds between the two leads. The filmmaker does a good job of teasing the audience time and time again, to the point where I just gave up any hope of them getting together. She successfully took the film to a point where she could take one of two routes: they end up together, or they never take that chance. The choice she makes works for the tone of the film, even if the ending is a tad abrupt.
All in all, the filmmaker definitely has talent, I just wish there was less ambiguity in the narrative and more character development.
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