Hope and Love Drive a Mother’s Search in Changeling
- Friday, October 31, 2008
The emotional payoff of the trial is gratifying, and generously extends beyond its central character. But Changeling is Collins’ story, and her final word closes the film with an echo of 1 Corinthians 13. This is a story of faith, hope and love in the face of oppression, hopelessness and despair. Changeling is deeply troubling in spots and is not for younger viewers, but for those who can absorb the horrors of the story, it is ultimately a gratifying, edifying experience.
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- Language/Profanity: Lord’s name taken in vain; foul language.
- Drugs/Alcohol: Smoking.
- Sex/Nudity: Collins is hosed down in the psychopathic ward, exposing the outline of her back side; she grimaces as she undergoes a vaginal exam; a fellow inmate tells Collins she is a prostitute and that she lost two babies to “back alley” doctors.
- Violence/Disturbing Imagery: A mother advises her son to never start a fight, but always finish one; a police officer subdues a boy and threatens to push his face into the floor; discussion and depiction of police brutality and misogynistic attitudes; a killer is filmed, from the victim’s perspective, swinging an axe repeatedly, as blood shoots up onto his clothes; a young boy recalls participating in mass killings; a man fires a gun at young boys; a woman is slapped; a doctor is punched; electroshock therapy is carried out forcibly; body appendages and bones are shown in an unmarked grave; a man is hanged.
- Religion: A minister leads his congregation in prayer on behalf of Christine Collins and crusades on her behalf against the local police; a discussion of personal freedom is related to Genesis 3; a man says, “The Lord works in mysterious ways”; a missing person is said to be waiting “in that place where we’ll all go someday” to be reunited with our loved ones; a criminal says, “I did my penance. I asked God to forgive me, and I believe he did”; a criminal worries aloud about whether or not he’ll go to hell.
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