Where d’you go, Bernadette (2019)

Directed by Richard Linklater

Starring Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer

My motivation in looking for films to see is in the hope of giving others options for films to see these days of quarantine. This film I did want to see it when it was in the theaters but could not see it and since then I forgot about it until I found it on Hulu.

Bernadette was once a top architect in LA and moved with her family to Seattle and became reclusive. She finds it hard getting along with other people and have issues with other mothers from her daughter’s school and her neighbor. She suffers from anxiety and can’t sleep. All that escalates as her neighbor’s house gets flooded because of Bernadette. When she is confronted by her husband and told she will go to a hospital to get the help she runs away.

What a film. When I started to see it I thought I last a few minutes and just see it little by little but I got so much into the film I saw it through until the end. It was not at all what I expected and I loved that. She did not run away from an abusive family or a bad husband, she just lost herself along the way and needed to feel useful again. I related so much to this character, this movie just touched me so deeply. I could understand her anxiety and her being irritable so easily by others. It is a real human story told beautifully. The movie is funny and moving.

Cate Blanchett is a great actress and this is one of her best works. She definitively grabs your attention with her performance. She does so well is showing us the character’s anxiety and frustrations and the joy at the same time as she finds herself again. Billy Crudup is also great as her husband as we see in his performance a real concern and care for his wife the best way he knows how until he also changes.

This movie was a surprise for me, I thought I might like it but not as much as I really did. I know that maybe the fact that I understood the character made me like the movie more but I think it has a good story and is worth watching.

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