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Director  Fernanda Cardoso
Music director  Jermaine Stegall
Country  United States
6.1/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Screenplay  Fernanda Cardoso
Writer  Fernanda Cardoso
Language  English
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Release date  June 23, 2010 (2010-06-23) (Frameline)
Cast  Allison McAtee (Catherine), Sarah Stouffer (Jackie), Katherine Ann McGregor (Lillian), Ray Zupp (Zach), J. Blakemore (Wade), Erika Heidewald (Sandy)
Similar movies  Jupiter Ascending, Pitch Perfect 2, At the Edge of the Abyss, It's in the Water, Frozen, Fish Tank

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Bloomington is a 2010 coming-of-age drama film about a former child actress (Sarah Stouffer) attending college in search of independence and who ends up becoming romantically involved with a female professor played by Allison McAtee. Their relationship thrives until an opportunity to return to acting forces them to make life-altering decisions.


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Bloomington was written and directed by Fernanda Cardoso and filmed in Indianapolis, Indiana and Los Angeles, California.

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Plot summary

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Jackie Kirk, a former child actress, catches the eye of an infamous, predatory lesbian teacher, named Catherine Stark (McAtee), when Jackie attends college in Bloomington, Indiana. Jackie attempts to fit in with her fellow students, who are in awe of her acting background. After meeting at an on-campus mixer, Catherine and Jackie begin a secret and scandalous affair that draws Jackie away from the college social life. Catherine and Jackie grow closer as they help each other discover more about themselves, when suddenly Jackie gets the chance to return to acting. Catherine becomes uncomfortable with their situation, seeing how it could seemingly never work out, with Jackie having to constantly visit Catherine under the guise of her just being a "friend," as it would be hazardous for both of them for should their romance ever got out.

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Catherine attempts to distance herself from Jackie by trying to declare they were never in a formal relationship, and that Jackie is not worth it in Catherine's eyes, while Jackie claims Catherine is worth it. Jackie, at odds with her friends, gets into a fight with Sandy (Erika Heidewald), jealous that Jackie is competing for a scholarship she doesn't need and angry that Jackie's affair with a teacher means she gets preferential treatment. Jackie slaps Sandy, who punches her in the face. The next day Jackie shows up at Catherine's doorstep with a black eye. Catherine sees paparazzi taking pictures and quickly drags Jackie into the house. While Catherine is taking care of Jackie, she notices Catherine is wearing a dress. When questioned about it, she reveals she is attending a party, Jackie asks if she is going alone, Catherine says no but will not reveal her date, and will not let Jackie replace her date, claiming she would just be attention starved; Jackie offends Catherine by insulting her for not being financed by her own means.

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Jackie stays on the couch at Catherine's house when Catherine returns from the party, acting passive-aggressive towards Jackie, she brings her date, a male closer to her age, into her room, causing Jackie to leave. Jackie goes to a party and hangs out with friends and flirts with a male friend, Zach (Ray Zupp). After leaving for L.A. to film the movie version of Jackie's old show, Catherine loses her job due to her relationship with Jackie being partially exposed.

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Months later, Jackie and Catherine are shown sleeping together one last time. Saying their goodbyes as a formal end to their romance, Jackie leaves the next day for her new role back in California.


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  • Allison McAtee as Catherine Stark
  • Sarah Stouffer as Jacqueline "Jackie" Kirk
  • Katherine Ann McGregor as Lillian
  • Erika Heidewald as Sandy
  • Ray Zupp as Zach
  • Reception

    Bloomington received mixed reviews. It has a 50% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Queer women's media site After Ellen called it "sexy and offbeat" and "fantastic little drama." The review notes that "Compared to other teacher-student romances that we’ve seen on the lesbian screen, including Mädchen in Uniform and the more recent Loving Annabelle, this is far more above-board," meaning that Jackie is a legal adult. AutoStraddle lists it among "okay" movies that are streaming and posits, "It’s possible this entire movie was shot in somebody’s condo."


  • Best Women's Feature—North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Director's Spotlight—Vancouver Queer Film Festival
  • Best Director—Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival
  • Opening Night Feature—Barcelona Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Centerpiece Gala Selection—Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival
  • References

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