Two women. One young, strong-willed and just starting out. One middle-aged, uptight and jaded by life and love. Both are looking to find themselves in the tumultuous 1920's in New York City, far away from their mid-Western lives in Wichita, Kansas.
The Chaperone, based on the book written by Laura Moriarty and screenplay written by Julian Fellowes (of Downton Abbey fame), tells the story of housewife Norma Carlisle (played by Elizabeth McGovern) and talented dancer Louise Brooks (played by Haley Lu Richardson) and their search for self. Louise has the opportunity to travel to New York during the summer to train with a well-known dance troupe and Norma agrees to play chaperone with a secret agenda of her own. As both pursue their reasons for being in New York, they find themselves sharing stories and secrets, learning from one another and forging a friendship that changes them both.
This is a gentle and slow-paced movie telling a story through the voices of women who are trying to find out who they are in a rapidly changing world. The cast is strong and the production and costumes authentic and beautiful. It is a story full of surprises about who these women really are, and who they eventually become.
The Chaperone is in Australian cinemas from April 25.
More information about the movie can be found here.