In Ian McEwan’s adaptation of his own novel, Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) an eminent High Court judge presides daily, with wisdom and compassion, over ethically complex cases of family law. Against this demanding workload, her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) is at breaking-point.
As Jack announces his plans to start an extra-marital affair, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant boy who is refusing the blood transfusion which will save his life. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? Does he understand the decision he is making or is he being unduly influenced by his parents religious beliefs.
Directed by Richard Eyre and produced by Duncan Kenworthy.
The Children Act is pure McEwan: tasteful, restrained, high-minded, controlled.
Bracingly intelligent and civilised, with very good actors directed with clarity and care.