8:07 PM, 9th May, 2009
Clint Eastwood's Changeling chronicles the story of a woman, Christine Collins (Jolie), who experiences an emotionally traumatic breakdown after the kidnapping and subsequent return of her son and promptly develops a case of Capgras Delusion (a delusional belief whereby an individual believes their relatives, friends or acquaintances have been replaced by impostors).
Actually, that's not completely true. The premise of the movie is accurate ((ndash)) a mother loses her son to a kidnapping only to have a child returned to her later ((ndash)) except the boy who is returned to her is not her son. Whilst on a superficial level the movie is about a silly mother who suffers from a case of Capgras, on a deeper level the movie, set in the late 20s, explores themes such as disempowerment of women and political corruption.
Directed by Eastwood, written by J. Michael Straczynski and produced by Ron Howard, Changeling is based on an actual case and sends a powerful message: don't lose your children.
With Eastwood's no-nonsense awesome, Straczynski's craftsmanship of words, and the likes of Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich, the movie confronts issues and themes we still struggle with in this day and age.
10:43 PM, 9th May, 2009
This intriguing mystery revolves around characters in the film having to separate fact from fantasy. A young mother, Ann Lake (Lynley), recently moved to England, enrols her daughter at her new school and then goes off to do chores. When she returns to the school to pick up her child, Bunny, not only is there no sign of her but everyone claims never to have seen or heard of the child.
Superintendant Newhouse (Olivier) is called in to investigate. In a complex plot which twists and turns, he starts to wonder if the child ever existed; was she only ever a figment of Ann's imagination.
With some nasty and dubious characters adding to the suspense ((ndash)) Stephen Lake (Dullea), Ann's control-freak brother and the weird landlord Wilson, this is an enthralling and gripping movie ((ndash)) be prepared to sit on the edge of your seat!