Moview Review of Changeling

Changeling begins with Christine Collins, a single mom with a nine-year-old son named Walter in 1928. Christine is called into work and has to leave Walter at home. When she returns home she finds Walter is missing. There is no sign of Walter and Christine calls the LAPD. Twenty-four hours later the report is filed and the story makes headlines. Five months later Captain J.J. Jones of the LAPD tells Christine that her son has been found. She claims he’s not her son. The LAPD convince Christine to take the boy home. Christine still denies the boy and is secretly put into the psychiatric ward by Jones. Due to a crime she was able to get out of the asylum and release other women. A gruesome event had taken place and reveals where Walter may be.

Christine Collins reminds me of Elizabeth Packard because they both worked hard for their cause and impacted asylum reform. Pastor Briegleb relates to the reformers of the asylum like Dorothea Dix. He worked so hard to reveal the corruptions of the LAPD. In the scenes where Christine was committed into the asylum it showed the horrible treatments patients faced. Christine was given nasty food, medicine, a tiny cold room, cold bath, and was almost given shock therapy. I found that the scenes supported life in an asylum. She was described as hysterical, dislocated from reality, and delusional. There are also scenes when Christine is told she is not a proper mother. This all goes back to the idea of womanhood and the idea that women were seen as wild and wanting to be free from duties. Christine represents women of the asylum and women wrongly accused due to a patriarchal society. Changeling fits into the mental institution’s culture because it reveals the hardships of being a female patient and corruption of the time.

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