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Bernie
7.3
/10
2,462 Ratings

BERNIE

Directed by Richard Linklater
United States, 2011
Comedy, Biography, Crime

Synopsis

In the quaint town of Carthage, Texas, Bernie Tiede, the beloved assistant funeral director, forges an unusual friendship with sour-tempered widow Marjorie Nugent. As their bond deepens, Bernie finds himself entangled in a shocking murder case, revealing hidden layers beneath the town’s facade.

Synopsis

In the quaint town of Carthage, Texas, Bernie Tiede, the beloved assistant funeral director, forges an unusual friendship with sour-tempered widow Marjorie Nugent. As their bond deepens, Bernie finds himself entangled in a shocking murder case, revealing hidden layers beneath the town’s facade.

Our take

This sweet, surprising true-crime film from Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise) proves part crafty black tragicomedy, part tabloid mockumentary, a lighthearted telling of the real-life story of a 1996 murder in small-town Texas. Starring Shirley MacLaine and an impressive, career-best Jack Black.