Adapted from Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, The Chaperone offers an intimate glimpse into the early life of a silent screen icon. Unfolding against the tumultuous cultural backdrop of early 1920s America, the film follows wide-eyed housewife Norma Carlisle (Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern), who chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer (Haley Lu Richardson, Columbus and Support the Girls) named Louise Brooks on a summer trip to New York. Leaving behind her conservative hometown of Wichita, Kansas, free-spirited Brooks chases her dreams of stardom, romance, and independence, while Norma searches for long buried truths about her own family history. Elevated by wonderfully engaging performances from Richardson and McGovern, The Chaperone is an effervescent, heartwarming drama guaranteed to please Downton Abbey fans, silent film buffs, and historical fiction lovers alike.
Director Michael Engler | 2018 | In English | 103 minutes | NR | DCP