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16th August
written by Adam

A visionary architect who’s long since stepped away from her craft, Bernadette (Cate Blanchett), rediscovers her passion lest her idle hands turn to malevolent creations. But first, before this butterfly can emerge from a 20 year chrysalis, the squaring of cards with her husband and daughter (Billy Crudup and Emma Nelson) will also carry a weight, can she make it all happen before sabotaging herself? Directed by Richard Linklater and based on the book by Maria Semple, this emotional journey to find a lost passion is a chuckle worthy endeavor with an amazingly deep talent pool for an ensemble. Curiously, a bit questionable in its pacing as Bernadette’s story is spilled out between the bustling of Seattle and the desolation of the arctic circle, this oddly shaped narrative appears difficult to condense, even for an experienced storyteller such as Linklater. Regardless, enough, charm, quirk, and comedy from Blanchett manages to sell the drama, even while fans of the novel moan of the film’s shortcomings. Worthy of your matinee dollar or a rental later, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is rated PG-13.

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