Despite its premise, and the jigsaw puzzle of a novel by Maria Semple upon which it’s based, there isn’t much mystery to Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Based on the 2012 comedy novel of the same name, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? follows a picture-perfect family left reeling when the titular mother, an agoraphobic architect, suddenly goes missing. Semple’s novel is a character mystery, driven by Bernadette’s daughter Bee as she investigate’s her mother’s disappearance.
But as directed and co-written by Richard Linklater, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? lays it all on the table immediately, embodied by Cate Blanchett‘s zippy, mile-a-minute performance that rips through the film like a tsunami. Subtlety and enigma aren’t in the vocabulary of this film, which sees Linklater shedding his more naturalistic directing style in favor of the broad comedy that characterized his major studio films like School of Rock. But the absurd comedy stylings of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? end up clashing majorly with the film’s more understated themes about the power of artistic expression, resulting in a film that loses itself in the weeds.
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Richard Linklater‘s Where’d You Go, Bernadette reunites the filmmaker with Graham Reynolds, a composer who provided music for Linklater’s films Before Midnight, Bernie, Last Flag Flying and more. Ahead of the film’s release next month, we’re debuting an exclusive from the Where’d You Go, Bernadette soundtrack. Hear it below.
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Whenever director Richard Linklater digs into the hardships of life, it’s time to pay attention, especially when it involves Cate Blanchett as a wife and mother who gets a second wind in her life and tries to reclaim her passions after shoving them aside for years in service of her family. It’s the exact kind of thing millions around the world would love to do, and now we get to watch it unfold later this year in Where’d You Go, Bernadette, an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name. Read More »
Where’d you go, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Oh, I see – you went all the way to August. The release date of the Richard Linklater-directed film starring Cate Blanchett has been pushed five months, from March to August. The reasoning cited behind the move is that August is a better month for “female-skewing films.” So we’re all going to have to wait a little longer to find out where Bernadette went. More on the new Where’d You Go, Bernadette release date below.
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Since Richard Linklater and Cate Blanchett signed up for the adaptation of Maria Semple‘s beloved comedy novel Where’d You Go Bernadette in 2015, the big question surrounding the project was…where did it go? Now, finally, the first Where’d You Go Bernadette trailer has arrived, giving us a sneak peek at the comedy-mystery about an agoraphobic architect (Blanchett) who one day vanishes from her perfect family life.
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Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
Richard Linklater‘s plans to direct Jennifer Lawrence in The Rosie Project didn’t pan out, so he’s turning his attention to another literary adaptation that’s been on his to-do list for a while. Linklater is moving forward on Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, with Cate Blanchett now in talks to play the title character. More on the possible Richard Linklater Cate Blanchett project after the jump. Read More »
A new Richard Linklater film is a prospect we’ll happily look forward to. When it is a collaboration with Annapurna Pictures, the company run by Megan Ellison, we’re really going to perk up. The director is in talks to direct a film adaptation of Where’d You Go Bernadette, the 2012 novel by Maria Semple that features an architect who goes missing, and is narrated by the missing woman’s 15-year old daughter. We’ve got more info on the potential new Linklater film below. Read More »
The team behind The Master and Zero Dark Thirty has agreed to bring a recent popular novel to the big screen, and they’ve got some high-end indie screenwriters to make it work. Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures has teamed up with Hunger Games producing team Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson to purchase the rights to Where’d You Go, Bernadette, a comedic novel published last year from author Maria Semple.
As previously reported, Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber will adapt the screenplay. The pair is best known for writing (500) Days of Summer and also have a new film, The Spectacular Now, at Sundance later this month. Read more about the novel and the producer’s thoughts after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber quickly established themselves as new talents to watch with their original dramedy (500) Days of Summer. Since then, though, the pair have shown a distinctly literary bent as they’ve lined up one book adaptation after another: The Spectacular Now, When You Were Mine (called Rosaline in the movie version), and Beginner’s Greek.
Now add to that shelf Where’d You Go Bernadette, based on a serio-comic novel by Maria Semple. Semple’s name may not ring a bell, but you’re probably familiar with her work — she’s a former TV writer who’s worked on Mad About You, Suddenly Susan, and Arrested Development. More details after the jump.
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