It’s based on the true story of a woman whose child is abducted from her Los Angeles area home in 1928. Five months later, the police contact her to let her know her son is alive and has been found in De Kalb, IL. A few days later he arrives by train. But it’s not the same boy.
The woman objects, but is told she should take the boy home to “try him out” for a couple of weeks. (???) She does, but when she goes back to the police a few weeks later insisting it’s not her son, she’s institutionalized under Section 12 of a penal code which allows the police to toss anyone they find disagreeable or inconvenient in the loony bin. With the help of a local pastor with a radio program and a lot of attention (who is, by the way, bent on rooting out the corruption of the police department and get a real law enforcement agency in place), she’s released.
The story revolves largely around her plight and the difficulties she has in getting anyone to believe her. I won’t say how it ends, but I’ll tell you it’s only partially satisfying.
The movie sticks directly to the three-act story structure, and everything falls right in place and right on time. It’s powerful and gripping, doesn’t drag, and is entertaining. Not being familiar with the case, I didn’t have the ending figured out ahead of time. (My wife, not me, paused in the middle of the movie to look the case up and get the answers. So there. Pbbt.)
I recommend this one. It didn’t seem like a long movie, it’s well written and acted, and while Angelina’s looked better IMO, she did a wonderful job with this part. A good story, good movie and intriguing case.
So, if you’ve not seen it and haven’t got anything to do some night where you’ve got two and a half spare hours laying around, check out Changeling. It’s a good one.
See you tomorrow. 🙂
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