In Eastwood’s ‘Changeling,’ Christine Collins (Jolie) lives in 1928 Los Angeles. After coming home from work and discovering her son is gone, police spend five months looking for her son Walter. When her son is finally returned, Christine realizes that the nine-year-old boy returned to her is not Walter. She tells this to the police, but with all the surrounding publicity, LAPD are reluctant to attract any negative media and pressure her into accepting the boy.
Later, when she confronts the authorities, she comes to find that in the era of prohibition, L.A. women are unable to contradict the legal system. Instead, they tell her that she is crazy, but she is warned to watch what she does as it could mean trouble for her. Still distraught and now, publically announced as an unfit mother who is arguably losing her mind, Christine meets Reverend Briegleb (Malkovich), an activist who is on her side. Based on real events, this is a story of truth and perseverance.