Changeling (2008, USA) C-141m. SCOPE ** D: Clint Eastwood. Starring Angelina Jolie, Gattlin Griffith, Michelle Gunn, Jan Devereaux, Erica Grant, John Malkovich. Period drama set in the late 1920s and early 30s about single mother Jolie, who is devastated when her 9-year-old son disappears from home. After five months the controversial LAPD present her with a boy, who is clearly not her son, but they keep insisting he is. Her resistance comes at a terrible price. Carefully made drama with great set design and pristine photography, though one wonders why this is padded out to over two hours and why Eastwood is subjecting us to such an ordeal. The imperfections of a true story ultimately make for an uneven movie. The performances are peerless.

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