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3.4
1,386 Ratings

Bernie

Directed by Richard Linklater
United States, 2011
Comedy

Synopsis

In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she’s alive.

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Bernie Directed by Richard Linklater
My favorite Richard Linklater feature, Bernie (2011), is many different things at once, some of which are in potential conflict with one another. How we ultimately judge it depends on either reconciling or suspending our separate verdicts on how we judge it as fiction (and art) and/or how we judge it as fact (and justice).
August 13, 2016
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The play between fiction and non-fiction that constitutes the film’s narrative dynamic is precisely that: play, not an ‘undermining’ or ‘interrogation’ of the ‘codes’ of fictional/non-fictional filmmaking. Just as Linklater’s double-decade-spanning Before…triptych is as much a documentary about its actors as a continuing story about its characters, Bernie intuitively understands the intrinsic permeability between fiction and fact…
April 26, 2013
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Bernie Tiede is a real person and this film – however unlikely it may occasionally feel – always feels like a truthful, sensitive and eerily objective representation of events. It’s also very, very funny.
April 25, 2013
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