Cate Blanchett, left, as Bernadette Fox and Billy Crudup as Elgie Branch in Richard Linklater's "Where'd You Go, Bernadette."
Photo by Wilson Webb/Annapurna Pictures via AP
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The idea behind "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" is tantalizing -- a woman goes missing and her 15-year-old daughter tries to piece together where she went.In the book, Bernadette's daughter Bee learns about her enigmatic mother after her disappearance but the film takes that premise away and instead plops us down with Bernadette Fox (Blanchett), her tech whiz husband Elgin (Crudup) and Bee (charming newcomer Emma Nelson) to follow her descent in what feels like real time.Many of these go to Blanchett but some are allotted to Laurence Fishburne, who finally gets the real story out of Bernadette and tells her that artists who stop creating become a menace to society.The most emotionally resonant part for me came compliments of Wiig's character Audrey, who seems like a caricature of a perfect mom for most of the film until she hits you with an unexpected bit of humanity.
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