DIRECTED BY: Clint Eastwood
STARS: Angelina Jolie, John Malcovich
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort, written by Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, is a late-1920s period drama about a real-life kidnapping and murder case. Angelina Jolie stars as Christine Collins, a working-class mother whose 10-year-old son disappears. When her son is "found" some months later, she knows the boy police say is her son is a different child, but no one will believe her, and she can't get police to try to solve the case. The police chief has the distraught mom locked away in a psych ward, and a fiery Presbyterian evangelist, Gustav Briegleb (played by John Malkovich) rallies public support for Collins to find out what really happened to her son.
WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT
Eastwood's directorial efforts of late have been solid and satisfying. He had a bit of a directorial lull after 1992's stellar Unforgiven, but since then has made critically acclaimed films with Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers. While we're not entirely sure how we feel about Straczynski penning a period drama, his solid character and storyline development with Babylon 5 speaks to his talent as a writer, and Jolie is a solid choice to play the lead. Changeling looks to be one of the most interesting films in the competition at Cannes.