After months of anguish, hope is restored when police Captain J.J. Jones gives Christine the news that Walter has been found and escorts her to the station for an emotional public reunion. That’s when the real nightmare begins. Christine swears that the boy isn’t her son. The police refuse to believe her: the last thing that the institutionally corrupt LAPD needs is bad publicity.
Dealing with emotive and disturbing themes including child abduction, murder and the control of “socially deviant” women by powerful, “rational” men, the film draws its dramatic strength from a well-paced, almost understated, narrative.
High production values, giving a strong sense of time and place, combine with flawless performances and a first rate script to make Changeling a masterpiece of the film-maker’s craft.