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She loves her fellow beings. The girl is eager to do good deeds even if that requires her to go through pain and hardships Changeling wakes up at the edge of a pit in the ground. Sleep hasn't brought her comfort. Her back and her legs ache as though she has walked many miles. Her hands are covered in mud, there are traces of dried blood on her bare knees. It's dark.

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The dawn is a few hours away. While the other playable characters arrive through conventional means, the Changeling quite literally appears from nowhere: she is found at the bottom of a hole in the ground, which is—according to Grace —a freshly dug grave. Clara is the most ambiguous of the characters. She is believed to be either a thief or a miracle worker; either the Plague itself or a saint. In many respects, the aura of mystery around her is caused by the way she appears in the Town. Throughout the course of the story, Clara reveals details of her past.

Some details are true and some are false: in some dialogue options, the Changeling can lie intentionally. After waking up, Clara is taken in by Katerina and Alexander Saburov , and fulfills tasks on their behalf. Actress Angelina Jolie interprets Christine. She says, back then, women couldn't stand up to men.

They could easily say 'You're emotional. You're a woman. You're a mother. You're not thinking clearly,' and a lot of people at that time would say, 'That's right,'" Jolie says.

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Christine's situation worsens when Capt. Jones has her arrested and sent to a psychiatric ward. She is treated brutally there and is evaluated by a psychiatrist, Dr. Christine gets help from a Presbyterian minister, the Rev. Gustav Briegleb, an outspoken critic of the police. He gets her out of the hospital and recruits a high-profile lawyer to represent her in a suit against the city.

At the same time, there is new evidence that Christine's son was abducted by a serial killer. The boy who has insisted he is Walter confesses that he is not.

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Clint Eastwood says it is difficult to believe that the story is true. The sets, costumes and gestures replicate the times. Colors are subdued, scenes are moody. Angelina Jolie offers a solid performance as a fragile and tormented mother. John Malcovich adds intensity and eccentricity to his character, the Rev. James Donovan is dark and unyielding as Capt. Unfortunately, the characters, as written, are one-dimensional. Christine Collins, a beautiful lady, has no flaws.

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Jones is pure evil. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description, and he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the L. 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 tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? Christine Collins: "The boy they brought back is not my son.

Not everything he does is as powerful as his depiction of a dynamic female boxer in Million Dollar Baby, for which Hilary Swank won a best actress Oscar among four for the film. In Changeling he presents another strong woman, Christine Collins, played by the notable Angelina Jolie. Because she is directed to weep at almost every turn and regularly underplay her grit, Jolie won't win accolades, nor will Eastwood rack up the nominations as he frequently does in Oscar season. But his adaptation of the historic Wineville Chicken Murders chills with his perceptions about the capriciousness of crime and the determination of those who choose to fight it.

In a Prohibition-era , Collins gets word that the Los Angeles Police Department is returning her kidnapped eight-year old son. When she sees him at the station, a finely directed sequence showing the forces of motherhood and politics clash, she knows it is not her child. LAPD, needing the good publicity, forces her to take the boy overnight with the logic that she is merely in shock.

The rest of this overly long thriller carefully traces the discoveries leading to resolutions and disappointments. Along the way, police corruption is exposed, mental institution incarceration of women is laid bare, and grisly serial murdering is slowly detailed. Yet in this discursive narrative, Eastwood indulges himself beyond Jolie's annoying crying by gratuitously laboring over the details of an execution. The stark San Quentin setting is ghastly and the villain worthy except for the film's obvious criticism of false mental institution lockup, ironic here because this murderer is clearly deranged enough to be determined unfit for trial.

As in every Eastwood production, the values are first-rate, in this case period costuming and vehicles those Model T's and trolley cars are beautiful. As in Mystic River, Eastwood knows how to splice family and community together in the struggle against organized crime, from street violence to public service malpractice. The activist preacher Reverend Briegleb John Malkovich helps bring the worlds together in his radio broadcasts, Malkovich for once playing good well.

Eastwood continues to be the director of choice for depicting crimes and heartaches that strike the common citizen at will. We all should be as productive in our later years. May he extend well beyond his golf-playing days and into our future.


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