The Children Act
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The acting is not the problem. It rarely is. And, within parameters, the movie is not dull. Just don’t expect to feel much short of guilt in response to your own apathy.
The Children Act is a cerebral piece, for sure, and a disturbing one by the end, but Thompson’s performance brings life to the complex moral questions it attempts to examine.
The two central performances could hardly be better.
Adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novel, The Children Act tells the story a court case with far reaching emotional, moral, and legal ramifications. Emma Thompson plays Fiona Maye, the British High Court judge who must decide the fate of a teenage boy with leukemia who is refusing the blood transfusion that could save his life… on religious grounds. Will she respect his wishes, or will she save his life? While her relationship with her husband (Stanley Tucci) is on the rocks at home, her bond with this young Jehovah’s Witness will make her rethink her ideas of right and wrong, self-determination, faith, and love.