Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Blu-ray Disc - 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.

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VaughanPLDianeB Feb 19, 2020

Ever feel like running away from it all? Bernadette does. In fact, she does just that when her life seems to be collapsing in on her, with the exception of her relationship with her daughter. The character's need to escape was portrayed in a believable way, though I couldn't understand her husband's reaction, or even picture Bernadette being content in a traditional family. Beyond that, I thought it was a decent movie with some slow points and rather unrealistic plot twists. Takeaways/themes: be true to youself, the mind of an artist, what true loyalty entails.

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samjenks
Feb 18, 2020

Almost gave up on this movie they it turned into an ending that was great.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Feb 08, 2020

Although the movie is way better than the book, I probably enjoyed the movie so much because I had read the book and knew the story.

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ralwal
Feb 05, 2020

Didn’t like it.

mazinwhistler Feb 03, 2020

I read the book when it came out in 2012 and loved it! The movie is just as good - Cate Blanchett is fabulous as Bernadette and the cinematography of Antarctica is stunning.

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rslade
Feb 01, 2020

Quirky but sweet.

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Dolphinbay
Jan 29, 2020

didn't like it at all, after 40 min. shut it off

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jontalk
Jan 26, 2020

Casting the Oscar winning Cate Blanchett as Bernadette is exemplary of good film making. Having read the book, the movie follows it closely, though its Cate's skill that brings the character to life. Similarly, the 'best friend' bond she has with her daughter is perfect. Any movie that relies on story over violence, special FX or computer generated imaging, is my kind of film. And this is every bit that and more!

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cmarie20
Jan 23, 2020

Brilliant and Beautiful! Follow your passion -

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wbf
Jan 23, 2020

Absolute waste of talent. I couldn’t wait for it to end. A disjointed tale that tries to do a lot but in the end does nothing. This time I should have listened to the expert reviews.

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jimg2000
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.
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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. "
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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.

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jimg2000
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.
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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.
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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.

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jimg2000
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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