Richard Linklater, USA 2011, 104’

Bernie enjoys a sweet reputation; he bakes cookies, helps in selecting a casket, offers a hug when appropriate, and sings gospel at the funeral. In short, a mortician like no other. Right after Bernie’s arrival in a small Texas town, all the widows take a strong liking to him, inviting him to tea, and transferring the fortunes of their dearly departed. If he were a film character, Bernie would probably exploit that.

But he’s not, at least not exactly. Linklater based this eccentric comedy on the true story of a man currently doing time in a Texas prison. Despite a despicable crime, all the locals rallied to his defense. Why? What is Bernie’s discreet charm all about?


Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater is a director and screenwriter born in 1960 in Texas known for his films about young slackers (Dazed and Confused, SubUrbia), experimental forms (animation in Scanner Darkly, camera moves in Slacker,and the closed space in Tape), or dialogue-based films like the diptych Before Sunrise / Before Sunset or Waking Life). He has been a vegetarian since 1983.


Selected filmography

1991 Slacker

1993 Dazed and Confused / Uczniowska balanga

2001 Waking Life / Jawa czy sen

2001 Tape / Taśma

2006 Fast Food Nation

2011 Bernie

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director Richard Linklater
screenplay Richard Linklater, Skip Hollandsworth
cinematography Dick Pope
editing Sandra Adair
music Graham Reynolds
cast Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey
producer Liz Glotzer, Richard Linklater, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, Judd Payne, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Ginger Sledge, Matt Williams
production Castle Rock Entertainment, Collins House Productions, Deep Freeze Production
sales SPI International
source of print Hyde Park Entertainment
language english
coloration colour
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