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Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette Is a Gripping Mess

The film isn’t so much a mystery thriller as it is an imperfect drama about a woman mired in a creative crisis.
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It’s not that hard to figure out where Bernadette went. If you’re walking into Richard Linklater’s new film, , expecting a Carmen Sandiego–style womanhunt, you might be disappointed. This is no globe-trotting mystery thriller, and Bernadette Fox (played by Cate Blanchett) would not make for a particularly elusive super-thief, despite her penchant for big sunglasses. No, there’s only one puzzle to be solved in Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s best-selling 2012 novel: What’s the with Bernadette? The answers are manifold, and the process of learning them is fitfully fascinating, even as the characters around this enigmatic woman suffer in her shadow.

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