Before he was “Dazed and Confused” — and before his “Before” trilogy — director Richard Linklater was an observer of female family dynamics.
So while his new film, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” starring Cate Blanchett, may seem like a departure for him, the director says it’s a natural.
“I was just ready to make a mother-daughter movie. … I’ve had a front-row seat to mother-daughter my whole life,” Linklater told the Daily News, noting he has two older sisters and three daughters.
Blanchett, he says, follows in the tradition of strong female characters in his films, such as Julie Delpy in “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight,” and Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood.”
“I didn’t really think this is any more female or anything than other things I’ve done,” he said. “Obviously it is, if you think about it, but … what can you do? You’re just trying to tell your story, bring your own sensibilities, discover Bernadette. We want to understand Bernadette, that was our mission here.
Blanchett stars as a former up-and-coming architect whose lack of a current creative outlet renders her a “menace,” namely to her nosy neighbor (Kristen Wiig). Concerned about her erratic behavior, Bernadette’s husband, Elgin (Billy Crudup), enlists a therapist and attempts an intervention, which Bernadette escapes through the bathroom window.
After she goes missing, Elgin and their daughter follow her “to the end of the Earth,” as Linklater put it, to make things right.