The Chaperone is remarkable.
A young, rebellious girl from Wichita, Kansas, is set to be in New York City to study dance and to audition for a prestigious modern dance company, but her parents won’t let her go alone but rather be accompanied by a Chaperone who can ensure decorum. It is the 1920’s after all. Little they know this trip will send both of them to surprising life destinations.
Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) gives us a marvelous performance as the chaperone. One cannot help but be seduced by the nuances of her character: uptight and conventional, Mrs. Carlisle is also kind, candid and witty. She makes it impossible to take you away from her, drawing you to her life and motivations, immersing you into the depth and contradictions of one’s past and present.
Louise Brooks, a 1920’s dancer and film sensation, is played by actress Haley Lu Richardson who also did an excellent job at portraying the young Louise. At the time she was a teenager, extremely smart, unapologetically confident. Her beauty and charisma attract anybody who crosses her path, but her rebelliousness brings in trouble.
While Louis spends hours at the dance studio, Mrs. Carlisle is on a search about her past. And the rest, my dear friends, is for you to find out at this endeavor by PBS Distribution and Masterpiece Films, written by Julian Fellowes, directed by Michael Engler, and based on the book by Laura Moriarty.
The film’s running time is 108 minutes, starring Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson, Victoria Hill, Miranda Otto, Blythe Danner, and Campbell Scott.
In theaters across beginning on March 29th. Find the film at art cinemas in New York, Los Angeles, Encino, Pasadena, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Malverne, Kew Gardens, Maplewood, Washington, Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Palm Desert, San Francisco, Berkeley, Austin, Portland, Bonita Springs, Delray, Lakeworth, Ft Lauderdale, Naples, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Dallas, and many other cities in the US.
It is my type of drama. The Chaperone takes you around and shows you pieces of our humanity, beautifully disclosing life as it unfolds after people take steps into the unknown.
-Lupita Franco Peimbert.