THE CHILDREN ACT
Rating: M 105’ occasional coarse language
Cast: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin
Director: Richard Eyre
Fiona Maye is a High Court judge who specialises in family law. Overly dedicated to her work, her marriage to Jack suffers, and when he tells her that he would like to have an affair, they become further estranged. At the same time, she presides over a particularly complex case. Adam, a Jehovah’s Witness who’s just under 18, refuses the blood transfusion that would save his life. As he is still legally a child, Fiona can authorise the transfusion against Adam’s wishes and takes the unconventional decision to visit him in hospital before deciding. It is a meeting that will have a profound effect on both their lives in this humane, beautifully acted and riveting drama.
“Thompson never disappoints, nailing every nuance of a judge who lets the world in at the cost of losing her own judgment. This is acting of the highest order.” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
The Children Act is that rarest of things: an adult drama, written and interpreted with a sensitivity to mature human concerns… something we’ve reliably come to expect from McEwan, whose novels have collectively yielded some of the richest female screen roles this century. ퟀ�” Peter Debruge, Variety