Where’d You Go, Bernadette is an upcoming American comedy-drama film, directed by Richard Linklater, from a screenplay by Linklater, Holly Gent, Vincent Palmo Jr., Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter. It is based upon the novel of the same name by Maria Semple. It stars Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Emma Nelson, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario and James Urbaniak.
It is scheduled to be released on March 22, 2019, by Annapurna Pictures.
After her mother’s disappearance, 15-year-old Bee Branch gathers correspondence relating to her mother in order to ascertain what has happened to her. Bee traces the incident back to her perfect report card. Earlier, Bee’s parents had told her she could have anything she wanted if she got a perfect report card for all her years in this school. Because of this previous promise, Bee convinces her parents, stay at home mother Bernadette, and father Elgin, a genius who works at Microsoft, to take her to Antarctica. Though Bernadette is mostly housebound she delegates the task of making their arrangements to a personal assistant in India, Manjula.
Because she is housebound, Bernadette has an ongoing feud with some of the mothers at Bee’s private school with the main instigator being her neighbor Audrey Griffin. Audrey accuses Bernadette of running over her foot with her car (which Bernadette does not dispute, though it is untrue).
Bee also learns that her mother was once a famous architect, winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant because of her creation of the 20 Mile house, so called because it was made from material sourced from within 20 miles of the home. After she won the grant, Bernadette sold the house, only to belatedly realize it had been sold to a hostile neighbour who demolished the home as soon as he obtained it. After the defeat Bernadette moved to Seattle where she had four miscarriages before Bee.