The Chaperone (2019)

The Chaperone (2019)

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

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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2019Rating: PG, Mild themes and infrequent coarse language108 minsAustralia, UK
Drama

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The Chaperone (2019) | Reviews

NPR

NPR

(Norma's) voyage of self-discovery would be more compelling if it were less glib and predictable.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

A film that wants to be about so many things... (but) loses both of its leading ladies in the process.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

It manages to make a tale set nearly a century ago feel oddly timely.

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Variety

Variety

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

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The New York Times

The 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.

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Stuff

Stuff

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

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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

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Hollywood Reporter

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.

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The Chaperone (2019) | Release Details

The Chaperone (2019) is available to stream in Australia now on Google Play and Apple TV and SBS On Demand.