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The Chaperone

2018, Michael Engler, Australia/UK/USA, 108 min.
With Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 12th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Apr 12th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 13th 5:45pm
  • Sun, Apr 14th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Apr 15th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Apr 16th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 17th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Apr 18th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes turns his talents to another jazz-age tale, as the screenwriter for this fictional backstory of the teenage pre-fame Louise Brooks (PANDORA'S BOX), based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel. The flapper era is in full flower, although not quite in Wichita, Kansas, where fifteen-year-old Louise (Richardson), an aspiring dancer in the free-form manner of Isadora Duncan, wins a scholarship to a New York dance academy. Open-hearted but prim society matron Norma (McGovern of "Downton Abbey"), who has her own urgent reasons for getting out of Wichita, volunteers as her chaperone. To Norma’s consternation, her wild-child ward, a star in the making from the get-go, sets out to conquer New York, along with every male in sight. Fates diverge when the story foregrounds Norma’s search for her birth mother through the uncooperative nuns at an orphanage, where an immigrant handyman (Géza Röhrig of SON OF SAUL) offers clandestine assistance and more. DCP digital. (BS)

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