The Chaperone (2019)

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One trip can change everything.

Oscar nominee Elizabeth McGovern leads this 1920s-set drama from the writer-director of Downton Abbey based on Laura Moriarty's bestseller.

The life of a Kansas woman (McGovern) is forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer named Louise Brooks to New York for the summer. One of them is eager to fulfil her destiny of dance and movie stardom; the other hopes to unearth the mysteries of her past.


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Drama, Historical


Rating: PG Mild themes and infrequent coarse language

Australia, UK

Hollywood Reporter


Until the last half-hour, it's a rather plodding process of experimentation and assimilation as Norma gains the insight and courage to seize her dreams.

New York Times


Though Richardson is a delight, her verve and sexual confidence only highlight the dreariness around her. A light goes out whenever she's offscreen.

Variety (USA)


It's a small-scale movie, and no harm in that, but it's tidy and stagy in a fusty middlebrow way.

Los Angeles Times


Self-actualisation may be essential for people, but it doesn't always make for the best of drama.

NZ Herald (Francesca Rudkin)


Handsomely shot, The Chaperone captures the time well, and while it touches on themes of adultery, homosexuality and sexual freedom, it's presented as a lovely, pleasant romp through a vibrant era. (James Croot)


It all adds up to a charming, heartbreaking and heartwarming two hours of emotion-inducing entertainment.