Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Poster for Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Critically acclaimed filmmaker Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Before Midnight) has recruited an impressive cast including Cate Blanchett, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne and Kristen Wiig for his adaptation of Maria Semple’s beloved novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Despite suffering from agoraphobia, gifted architect Bernadette Fox (Blanchett; Carol, Blue Jasmine) seems to have it all—a large, beautiful home in Seattle, a loving husband (Billy Crudup; 20th Century Women, Spotlight) and a brilliant teenage daughter, Bee (Emma Nelson).

After she gets a perfect report card, Bee is told she can have anything she wants, and she chooses a holiday to Antarctica. But before the family can depart, Bernadette suddenly disappears. Her concerned family sets off on a quest to solve the mystery of where she might have gone.

Based on the runaway bestseller, and co-scripted by Richard Linklater, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is an inspiring tale of a loving mom who yearns to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette’s leap of faith takes her on an epic voyage that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette has to be seen, and demands to be believed, because of Cate Blanchett.” (Anthony Lane, New Yorker)

“Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s novel is a critical (if characteristically humane) assessment of American society in spiritual crisis.” (Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader)

“One imagines how over-the-top zany this could have been made, had the adaptation been overtly faithful, yet Linklater is able to extract the heart of the story while injecting some of his own characteristic themes.” (Jordan Raup, The Film Stage)

“The aspect of the book Linklater has chosen to focus on, and the one he infuses with playfulness and warmth, is the complex bond between a flawed but loving mother and her devoted if perhaps too-responsible child.” (Dana Stevens, Slate)