Once an acclaimed architect, now a sociopath housewife with agoraphobia, Bernadette leaves Seattle to look for something new in Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s epistolary novel.
Once Bernadette was a great architect—today she’s an eccentric housewife. However, uninterested in her household, she delegates most of her daily affairs to her personal assistant, who lives in India. Bernadette’s husband works for a big corporation and hardly visits her, and her daughter is almost independent. Bernadette is disillusioned and hates most people. One day, she disappears.
In Maria Semple’s novel Bernadette’s daughter meticulously reconstructs the story of her mother through letters, documents, and e-mails, but Richard Linklater has made the story simpler and more chronological by focusing on Bernadette herself. However, as in the novel, the film’s main question is that of what happens to an artist who has stopped creating.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Director: Richard Linklater
USA, 2019. 130 min. 16+