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Changeling puts Clint Eastwood in touch with his feminine side


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Clint Eastwood's angry obsession with American violence and the limits of legal justice (Unforgiven, Mystic River) bursts into flower again with this grim drama based on the Wineville chicken murders, which shocked Los Angeles in 1928. A single mother (Angelina Jolie) goes to the LAPD when her 9-year-old boy disappears. Five months later, a corrupt and complacent police captain (Jeffrey Donovan) announces that the boy has been found, but presents her with another child. He insists she just doesn't recognize him and coerces her to shut up and cooperate. The incredible but true story marks the first time Eastwood's signature themes have found expression in a woman's experience. The absence of any distracting machismo only heightens his sense of helpless rage at the perpetual anguish of victims' families.


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