Tonight at Arte, Angelina Jolie gives an incredible performance on The Exchange by Clint Eastwood. This is one of the main reasons to watch this feature film, but it is not the only one …
For his 28th film as a director, Clint Eastwood records a piece of news he has forgotten. In 1928, her son Christine Collins, an unmarried mother, mysteriously disappeared in Los Angeles. Are you leaving, kidnapping, murder? After five months of agony, police say they have found the 9-year-old boy. Unless Christine is convinced: this kid is not his! Almost believable but true, this is the story he finds The exchange, melody of which a large part of the dialogues is the transcript of the words of the various protagonists (doctor, police chief, judge…) that were recorded at the time of the case. When reality is beyond imagination!
The interpretation of Angelina Jolie
As a brave mother in a hard struggle to find her son, the actress offers one of her best performances. Wearing a cloche hat, play this lonely woman with great emotional strength in front of powerful institutions. Far from his usual roles, he composes his character with very subtle small details. A delicacy at stake that will give her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in 2009. A stolen life, who won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2000, and An invincible heart (2007), in which he played his wife Daniel Pearl, was abducted and murdered in Pakistan.
An irreconcilable portrait of America
Exciting drama about motherly love, The exchange It is also an opportunity for Eastwood to portray a nightmare in the United States run by corrupt institutions where women are unjustifiably recruited in psychiatric hospitals, posing as insane. A country where the most basic rights are violated. On the eve of the Great Depression, this extremely dark social mural is an indictment of the incompetence and barbarity of the Los Angeles police, judicial and political authorities. Despite its dark and sad side, the work remains, twelve years after its creation, a visual greatness thanks to the beautiful reconstruction of the time and the careful photography. A movie of great power … in short, 2 hours and 20 minutes of beautiful cinema!