Why did Where’d You Go, Bernadette? spend a year on the New York Times bestseller list? Written by Maria Semple, the novel was a pretty irresistible and addictive blend of intrigue and adventure, with a Seattle setting and a strong, seriously insomniac mom trying to navigate midlife.
The action centered on that woman, Bernadette, who once had quite a career as an architect but encountered a work/life setback. She then channeled all her energies—1,000 percent!—into parenthood. After a number of miscarriages, she finally became a mother, but now her daughter is about to head off to boarding school, leaving a huge void in Bernadette’s life.
We meet our heroine and see her as an agoraphobic SAHM of a teenager dealing with neighborhood frenemies (or just plain enemies) and challenging family dynamics—and, then, poof, Bernadette vanishes. Finding out what happened to her propels the plot forward.
This fast-paced story arrives in movie theaters on Friday, August 16th (a few places will host screenings the night before for those who just can’t wait), and stars an Oscar-winner in the title role.
The Lady Vanishes
Richard Linklater, who made his mark with Dazed and Confused, the Before Sunrise trilogy (sigh, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke), School of Rock, and Boyhood, directs the film. A terrific who’s who of stars completes the picture. Cate Blanchett promises to give one of her marvelous performances, this time with a brunette bob and major sunglasses. Billy Crudup portrays her husband; Emma Nelson is her daughter, Bee; Laurence Fishburne plays an old friend; and Kristin Wiig is the neighbor Bernadette is at war with.
But what we are most excited about is seeing how this totally family-centric and sleep-deprived woman takes on a big adventure and rediscovers her passion and purpose in life as her child grows up. Pass the popcorn, please. We’re ready to watch where Bernadette has gone and where she goes.