BUFS season continues with Where’d You Go, Bernadette

If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you could run away to Antarctica and leave your troubles behind, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, screening Thursday at 7 p.m. at BUFS, might be for you.

Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchette, Ocean’s Eight, Blue Jasmine) lives in Seattle with her software engineer husband and teenaged daughter, Bee. Before she devoted her life to her family, she was devoted to her work as one of the most promising architects of her generation.

Now, she rarely leaves the house. When she disappears out the bathroom window one day, it’s up to Bee to figure out where her mother has gone, and why.

Based on the best-selling novel by Maria Semple, the film is directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and ConfusedBoyhood) and features Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig and Laurence Fishburne.

Blanchett is definitely the film’s driving force.

“Bernadette can be acerbic, tender, charming and maddening, sometimes all at once, and it’s both funny and painful to watch Blanchett strip away the character’s psychological defenses, layer by fragile layer,” says Justin Chang of NPR.

Tickets for all BUFS shows are available at the Film House in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) on the evening of screenings. General admission is $9.50 or $7 for Film House members, plus tax. Free BUFS memberships are also available on screening nights.

Visit the BUFS web page for this season’s selection, with additional titles being added to the calendar as they are confirmed. Look for the red B that indicates a BUFS-hosted screening.

For more than 40 years, BUFS has been bringing the best in independent and art house cinema to the Niagara region. The society is supported by the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Brock.

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