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The Changeover (2017)

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Based on the Carnegie Medal winning novel by Margeret Mahy. Sixteen year-old Laura Chant lives with her mother and four-year-old brother Jacko in a poor new suburb on the edge of a ... See full summary »


Margaret Mahy (novel), Stuart McKenzie (adaptation)
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Credited cast:
Timothy Spall ... Carmody Braque
Melanie Lynskey ... Kate Chant
Lucy Lawless ... Miryam Carlisle
Nicholas Galitzine ... Sorensen Carlisle
Erana James Erana James ... Laura Chant
Kate Harcourt ... Winter Carlisle
Benji Purchase Benji Purchase ... Jacko Chant
Ella Edward Ella Edward ... Nicky Green
Thomasin McKenzie ... Rose Keaton
Claire Van Beek Claire Van Beek ... Police Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jess Aspinwall Jess Aspinwall ... Bryanna Tait
Aryn Azlan Aryn Azlan ... Kirsty Lee
Drew Briceford Drew Briceford ... Eddy
Stephanie Broomhall Stephanie Broomhall ... Young Mother
Amy Christian Amy Christian ... Tracey


Based on the Carnegie Medal winning novel by Margeret Mahy. Sixteen year-old Laura Chant lives with her mother and four-year-old brother Jacko in a poor new suburb on the edge of a partially demolished Christchurch, New Zealand. Laura is drawn into a supernatural battle with an ancient spirit who attacks Jacko and slowly drains the life out of him as the spirit becomes ever younger. Laura discovers her true identity and the supernatural ability within her, and must harness it to save her brother's life.

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22 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Przemiana See more »

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Thrilling Creeps
22 October 2017 | by deelyjjSee all my reviews

I always love to watch tightly directed, well-acted, thought-provoking movies that transport me away from my normal life. I go to the movies to be challenged, make connections with characters and, most of all, become emotionally involved. Given these prerequisites, I often leave the movie theater dissatisfied with one element or another. Not so with The Changeover.

Erana James and Timothy Spall (and the entire cast actually) engaged my attention to such a degree I almost forgot I was watching a movie. Broken-vein close-ups of Carmody (Timothy Spall) while professing his dastardly innocence gave me the creeps - wonderful thrilling creeps, but at the same time I sort of almost believed he was the simple, harmless good guy he feigned. (I like it when movies play with your mind.)

Furthermore, I was so absorbed in the love Laura (Erana James) had for her brother that I found the extreme measures she went to in order to save him completely normal.

I also liked the way the cheerless post-earthquake setting juxtaposed with the beauty of things like the huge moons and water scenery. There were many other special touches including art and imagery. Yes, unbelievably for me, this is a rave.

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