Changeling (2008)

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Drama - History - Mystery - Thriller | 140 minutes
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Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly ta...
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le. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power?
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The mood of Changeling is disturbing, tense, and gloomy. The plot centers around a missing child, uncovering the truth, and fighting the system. It is a drama, thriller, and mystery movie. Stylistically, Changeling has a Hollywood tone. In approach, it is serious and realistic. The pacing is slow. Changeling takes place, at least partly, in an urban environment. The setting is Los Angeles. It happens in the 1920s. Changeling is originally a true story. Note that it includes profanity and violent content.

Los Angeles, 1928. Op een dag verdwijnt Walter, het zoontje van Christine Collins. Ze schakelt de politie in die haar pas laat serieus neemt. Dan wordt Walter gevonden, maar Christine meldt onmiddellijk bij de LAPD dat deze knaap niet haar zoon is. De corrupte politie van L.A ligt op dat moment onder vuur in de media en kan de vondst van de verdwenen jongen goed gebruiken. Christine wordt dan ook niet serieus genomen. Ondertussen ligt de zoektocht naar de echte Walter Collins stil en tikt de klok door.

Inspired by actual events that occurred in 1920s-era Los Angeles, Clint Eastwood's The Changeling tells the story of a woman driven to confront a corrupted LAPD after her abducted son is retrieved and she begins to suspect that the boy returned to her is not the same boy she gave birth to. The year was 1928, and the setting a working-class suburb of Los Angeles. As Christine (Angelina Jolie) said goodbye to her son, Walter, and departed for work, she never anticipated that this was the day her life would be forever changed. Upon returning home, Christine was distressed to discover that Walter was nowhere to be fo...
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und. Over the course of the following months, the desperate mother would launch a search that would ultimately prove fruitless. Yet just when it seemed that all hope was lost, a nine-year-old boy claiming to be Christine's son seemed to appear out of thin air. Overcome with emotions and uncertain how to face the authorities or the press, Christine invites the child to stay in her home despite knowing without a doubt that he is not her son. As much as Christine would like to accept the fact that her son has been returned to her, she cannot accept the injustice being pushed upon her and continues to challenge the Prohibition-era Los Angeles police force at every turn. As a result, Christine is slandered by the powers that be, and painted as an unfit mother. In this town, a woman who challenges the system is putting her life on the line, and as the situation grows desperate, the only person willing to aid her in her search is benevolent local activist Reverend Briegleb (John Malkovich).
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Critic Consensus :Beautifully shot and well-acted, Changeling is a compelling story that unfortunately gives in to convention too often.

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