About the Movie
Directed by Fernanda Cardoso, Bloomington follows a story of a former child start Jackie Kirk, played by Sarah Stouffer, turned college student who falls for her young, attractive Psychology professor Catherine Stark, played by Allison McAtee. In search of independence, Jackie tries to blend in with her new environment as an average person without taking into account her celebrity status. Having a reputation for sleeping with her students in school, Catherine makes aggressive advances towards Jackie during a social event. Jackie on the other hand, feels the discomfort at first but eventually gives in to Catherine’s sexual prowess. After some love making scenes and romantic moments between the two, they eventually fall in love with each other. However, in every happiness comes sadness because Jackie decides to return to her glamorous world of acting after being offered a role in a movie of her hit television series. On the other hand, Catherine undergoes expulsion from the university for being caught having a scandalous love affair with Jackie (which I assume to be the reason of her expulsion). The ending is a tragedy, but a lighter version of the lesbian movie “Loving Annabelle”.
“The character of Jackie is someone caught between being seen as a prodigy among kids but almost too immature among adults,” Fernanda said. “I imagine this is the result of the disconnect between having an accelerated growth process as far as the practical aspects of her life are concerned (jobs, money, responsibilities) but a truncated one as far as her emotional growth (since you don’t go through the same milestones as a regular kid). She is basically someone who doesn’t fit in anywhere. Catherine, the professor, suffers from the same problem albeit for different reasons, and their relationship takes root in that.”
Lesbian Perspective. A lesbian fantasy turned movie reality of a sizzling love affair between a teacher and a student, Bloomington is a lesbian movie to watch for. Both actresses, Sarah Stouffer and Allison McAtee, give a pleasant performance portraying lesbian roles in the movie without that awkward feeling during love scenes and kissing scenes. Moreover, their roles evolve throughout the movie which somehow captured our very imaginations (green imaginations if I may add). There is also a shifting dynamic that occurred in their roles especially Catherine, from an aggressive, alpha female Psychology professor to an emotional and a bit needy lover. It is a tragic ending for Catherine (I give my sympathy to her). As for Jackie, she resumes her previous life as an actress. In connection with this, no matter how we wish that love will end in happy endings, we should wake up from such disillusionment. Everything is just transitory. It has a beginning and an end. We have to cherish every moment of it. Nonetheless, the movie is great.
Fernanda Cardoso’s “Bloomington” Trailer