Where’d You Go, Bernadette: the main character of Richard Linklater’s dramedy may be a bit too precious with all her manias, but at the center of the film is a touching and beautiful mother-daughter relationship. On the other hand, such a character gives Cate Blanchett quite a meaty role to sink her teeth into, and she does: her performance is great, entertaining and with a wide range of emotions at play. Emma Nelson, as her daughter, is cute, smart, and plays well off Blanchett. Billy Crudup has a somewhat thankless role, but he is nevertheless fine. The film looks good, particularly as it uses some rarely seen set of locations; cinematography, editing, and production design are all solid but not particularly distinctive.