Movie Review: The Chaperone

The Chaperone movie is an intriguing tale based on the true story of Louise Brooks. Aside from a fascinating story it highlights how little things have changed.

Watch: The Chaperone Trailer

Louise Brooks (Haley Lu Richardson) is a talented young dancer in the 1920’s who gets invited to attend a highly respected New York dance academy for the summer. Only trouble is she needs a chaperone.

Kansas woman Norma (Elizabeth McGovern) decides to take on the challenge of accompanying the head-strong 15 year old.

It soon becomes obvious that while one of them is running towards her future, the other is seeking answers from her past.

The Chaperone is a gentle love story about ambition, secrets and with a new perspective on success. The movie is a great reminder that we have no idea what really happens behind closed doors. As the themes emerged it was fascinating to consider how many issues remain today, infidelity, sexuality and abuse to name a few.

Make sure you stay for the credits to see photos of the real dancer who went on to become a writer and actor.

For the readers out there, the movie is based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel, THE CHAPERONE.

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Glennys Marsdon
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Most kids grow out of asking ‘but why’, Glennys didn’t. So she trained as a psychologist and established The Customers’ Voice, consumer psychology consultancy in 2000, where she researches why we do what we do. After losing her partner in 2005 she understood the importance of making the most out of life, and began The Ponder Room blog, to help people do just that. By ‘having a go’ she now has a monthly column in a magazine, three non-fiction books published, been nominated for a Telstra Business Women’s Award, and profiled by US internet guru Seth Godin in a worldwide competition about people making a difference. She firmly believes in living a positive life and following your passion.