Bernadette has disappeared: what is this film by Richard Linklater with Cate Blanchett worth? [critique]

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March Movies

Released in the United States in 2019, the latest production from the creator of Boyhood arrives tonight on Canal +.

If we discovered the trailer of Bernadette has disappeared in December 2018, the film by Richard Linklater will only arrive tonight in France. Not in the cinema, but broadcast directly on television, encrypted on Canal +. A blow for the acclaimed director for rock academythe trilogy of Before or Boyhoodwhose last film was hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis.

This independent production nevertheless brings together popular actors (Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne…), but this drama unfortunately disappointed the editorial staff. Especially after his very successful Last Flag Flying, which saw three friends travel across the United States to bring back the body of one of their sons, a young soldier who died in the war. Let’s hope that his next achievements will be more memorable: the director prepares Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventurea half-live, half-animated film recounting part of the American space conquest (with Jack Black and Zachary Levi), as well as Merrily We Roll Alongadaptation of a work by Stephen Sondheim that he intends to film in dribs and drabs for 20 years.

The commented filmography of Richard Linklater

The story of Bernadette has disappeared : Rather misanthropic, Bernadette Fox’s only friends are her daughter Bee, a brilliant 15-year-old teenager, and… her virtual assistant on the Internet. While she’s still trying to fix up her dilapidated house — and convince herself she loves Seattle — she’s given up trying to gain acceptance from other parents at her daughter’s swanky high school. Until the day she disappears. Bee will go to the end of the world to find her and then discover her story…

Premiere’s review: Prisoner of limbo in France since 2019, the latest Richard Linklater to date is finally delivered by Canal+. This adaptation of Maria Semple’s novel puts us on the trail of the misanthrope Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett), a depressed former architect brooding in Seattle. One day, Bernadette takes off… and her family goes after her to the end of the world. A short initiatory story about a woman who has given up on her dreams and her mental health, Bernadette has disappeared is literally cut in two – before and after the disappearance. If the first part holds up thanks to Blanchett’s efforts, the film goes off the rails thereafter: good feelings on all levels, distressing dialogues, half-mast staging… Linklater on the B side, to be reserved above all for completists.

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