Saturday, 3 November 2012


Changeling is a 2008 film directed by Clint Eastwood. The premise is that Christine(played by Angelina Jolie) is a mother who's son mysteriously disappears one day. After a very public search for him, the police find a boy who claims to be her son, Walter. However after meeting the boy, she finds he is in fact and impostor and the film follows her exploits as she tries to convince everyone that "Walter" is not her son.

This film is quite similar to our own, as it deals with quite similar issues such as the bond between mother and child and losing a child. Christine's emotion driven journey to recover her missing child is the film's driving force, and this is similar to how in our film, Mary's psychosis is what drives the plot in our film.

The film poster for Changeling reflects the serious tone of the production.
There is a good use of negative space, bringing focus to the shadowy figures of the young boy and Jolie. The colours are quite downplayed, reflecting the older period of the film (the 1920s) as well as the difficult time Jolie's character faces during the course of the film.

The low key lighting on the two figures also reflects the darker undertones- a lot of the film questions the governments involvement in the disappearances  and this leads to some serious ideas of whether or not they were purposefully trying to cover up the disappearances of the boys. The young boy;s shadowy image may also represent how he's been taken away from her and her face taking up most of the page, looking down at him may be to show how she is trying to watch over and protect her son.

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