Movie Review – Loving Annabelle (2006)

Director: Katherine Brooks

Stars: Erin Kelly, Diane Gaidry, Laura Breckenridge, Michelle Horn, Ilene Graff

Loving Annabelle is the story of an illicit affair between a teacher and a student at an all-girls Catholic School. Annabelle is the wild newcomer with no patience for rules, while Simone is the teacher, bored with her boyfriend. Sparks fly between the two of them, but it could cost both of them dearly…

I wasn’t expecting much from this film but I was actually pleasantly surprised. It only clocks in at about 75 minutes but it manages to develop the characters as well and there are a couple of subplots that are given attention. But the real reason why this film is a success is the chemistry between the two leads. I recently reviewed a film called The Invisible Woman, which was about the affair between Charles Dickens and his mistress. The romance in that wasn’t handled well, and the contrast between the two films is immense.

Every scene that Kelly and Gaidry shared was electric, and the camera caressed the two of them, making the sizzling atmosphere palpable. I was impressed by the intensity of the romance, and it’s because of this factor that I would recommend this film. It’s also the kind of film that I could easily imagined being made into a good romance book.

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