Based on the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) and brought to
the big screen by director Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris), 'The
Children Act' tells the story of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), an eminent
high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases. As the demands of
her job cause her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) to reach tipping point,
Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant
young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious
grounds. With her private life in turmoil, Fiona finds herself drawn into
the case, taking the unorthodox step of halting proceedings in order to
visit Adam in hospital. As the two form a profound connection and powerful
emotions come to light, Fiona's judgement is put to the test with momentous
consequences as she must ultimately decide whether Adam lives or dies.
A wonderful sensitive performance from Emma Thompson helps lift The
Children Act above a run of the mill Sunday evening BBC drama. With a fine
supporting cast The Children Act is an emotional and well told story that
is guaranteed to have cinema goers reaching for their hankies.