Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

DVD - 2019
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Bernadette Fox, a loving mom, becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette's leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2019.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: F WHE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Where did you go Bermadette


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Sep 08, 2020

I did not read the book, so I cannot compare the movie to the book. As for the movie, I thought the plot was bit mundane, bu the movie is worth watching just for the performances of Cate Blanchard and Kate McKinnon!

Aug 27, 2020

I wasn't too sure when this film opened. What won me over was the fact that they had Himalayan blackberries growing through the floor of their much neglected old house in Seattle! You almost have to live in the PNW to appreciate that kind of botanical parody--those wicked vines would absolutely grow right into your house if you don't watch out! Blanchett's character is truly exaggerated, but she is a pitiable villain who makes you stop and take a softer, kinder look at the difficult people in your own life.

Aug 19, 2020

Silly movie. It knocks you over the head with the idea that an artist has to create. Surprised Cate Blanchett did it. Seemed like a Disney movie

Aug 06, 2020

This movie adaptation has taken this fantastic story of a flawed and frankly unlikable character and portrayed her beautifully. Highly recommended.

LPL_EricaS Jun 09, 2020

This movie really lived up to the book - and you don't get to say that very often. Bernadette's character, in all its ticks and idiosyncrasies, is marvelously portrayed by Cate Blanchett. The family dynamic and other characters are well-rounded and really draw you into the story. On the surface, it's a depiction of a woman overrun with anxiety who puts her life on hold out of fear. Learning to acknowledge the scariest aspects of her life - career, marriage, motherhood - let her grow into the loving and creative person she truly is. It is such an interesting, tender, and moving narrative to see played out on the screen.

FPL_Lori May 01, 2020

All book lovers know that movies rarely live up to the books on which they are based. However, "Where'd You Go Bernadette" comes pretty close. It's a quirky dramedy with subtle humor and sweetness. Cate Blanchett is perfect as agoraphobic, eccentric genius, Bernadette and the rest of the cast is excellent, as well. The film follows the book quite closely in less than 2 hours, while keeping true to its spirit and snark. Bonus- The Antarctic backdrops are stunning and there are even some adorable penguins!

Mar 12, 2020

I loved the book, so was somewhat concerned that the movie would do it justice. Fortunately, the movie follows the book pretty closely (except for the ending, which is abbreviated in the movie). Cate Blanchett does a great job of capturing the quirkiness of Bernadette. The other acting was good. So, overall, I thought it was a pretty good movie.

Mar 11, 2020

Lots of different comments below. I watched the movie a couple of times and enjoyed it both times. It tackles the issue of mental health is a comic yet serious way. A crafter/artist must create. After years of raising an ill and fragile daughter Bernadette's life is upended by an incident with her neighbour; an incident with a hedgerow; an intervention by her husband; and end in her fleeing. A steadfast daughter and father follow. New horizons, and an artist creating. A thoroughly satisfying story. Cate Blanchette superbly portrays an oddball reclusive frustrated artist.

JCLHeatherM Mar 04, 2020

After hearing mixed reviews about the film, and not having read the book yet, I was more curious about the film than anything else. I was very pleasantly surprised (blame it on low expectations perhaps) with the character arcs, family dynamics, and some great glacier views. I liked it so much, it was worth a rewatch and the book is now on my long list of future reads.

Mar 02, 2020



An unorthodox architect attempts to fashion her home life -as she sees fit-amidst her goal to acquire another creative architectural project.



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Jan 28, 2020

You'd think that having a sick child would either bring a husband and wife closer together or tear them apart. But in our case, it didn't do either. We just started... drifting.
Whatever you do don't ever tell Mom you're bored. She'll be like, "Well, guess what? It only gets more boring and the sooner you learn it's on you to make your own life interesting the better off you'll be. "
I read once dolphins operate in this complicated social order with alliances and enemies and enforcers, recruiters. Almost like the Mafia, or maybe high school. They even battle sometimes, where they bash each other over the heads with their tails. Why do all the smart creatures organize themselves in these weird social structures? Audrey does everything at Galer Street. She created the Diversity Council. She set up Marathon Kids. She invented Donuts for Dads. Mom once signed up to be the kindergarten room parent, but I think she got bashed over the head by the other dolphins.

Jan 28, 2020

I know I'm not authorized to, uh, be here, but, you know, I'll work for free. No job is too demeaning.
-Yeah, that's great, but guess what. There are people here who have come here through proper channels. They have written approvals, gotten grants. And you show up here unannounced, a stowaway, and you expect a spot?
But I am an architect.
-That doesn't mean shit around here. I mean, I have Nobel Prize winners
sanding and painting decks, an economist on kitchen duty, and a television executive who's studying fur seals.
People like you must create. That's what you were brought into this world to do, Bernadette. If you don't, you become a menace to society.
Bernadette, I'm worried that you are suffering from adjustment disorder.
-Adjusting is a disorder?
Adjustment disorder is a psychological response brought on by stressors
and usually involves anxiety or depression.

Jan 28, 2020

Have you ever heard that the brain is like a discounting mechanism? Say someone gives you a present and it's a diamond necklace and you open it and you love it. You're all happy at first and then the next day it still makes you happy but a little bit less so. A year later, you see the necklace
and you think, "Oh, that old thing." And do you know why your brain discounts things? It's for survival. You need to be prepared for new experiences because they could signal danger. Wouldn't it be great if we could reset that since there aren't a lot of saber-toothed tigers jumping out at us? Seems like a design flaw that our brain's default settings signal danger and survival instead of something like joy or appreciation. I think that's what happened to my mom. She got so focused on picking up danger signals that her discounting mechanism forgot to see all the good stuff in her life. And maybe Dad had quit seeing the diamond necklace side of Mom.

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