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The Children Act (2017)

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As her marriage crumbles, a judge must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious principle.

Director:

Richard Eyre

Writers:

Ian McEwan (screenplay by), Ian McEwan (based on the novel by)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Emma Thompson ... Fiona Maye
Stanley Tucci ... Jack Maye
Ben Chaplin ... Kevin Henry
Fionn Whitehead ... Adam Henry
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Amadia Kalu QC
Jason Watkins ... Nigel Pauling
Anthony Calf ... Mark Berner
Rosie Cavaliero ... Marina Green
Andrew Havill ... George
Rupert Vansittart ... Sherwood Runcie
Nicholas Jones ... Professor Rodney Carter
Honey Holmes ... Director / Producer (as Angela Holmes)
Daniel Eghan ... Fiona's Friend
Dywayne Thomas ... Legal Type - Passersby
Hiten Patel ... Lawyer
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Storyline

As her marriage to Jack flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam, to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her. Written by Duncan Kenworthy

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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We all make choices. Hers make history.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children Act See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,108, 16 September 2018

Gross USA:

$547,750

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,696,794
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fionn Whitehead stars opposite Emma Thompson, ex wife of Kenneth Branagh, whom he starred with in Dunkirk. See more »

Goofs

Maye has a Fazioli baby grand piano in her home. The least expensive piano made by Fazioli has a price tag of $120,000.00. She clearly must have independent means or it would be impossible for a judge to be able to afford such a piano, especially considering her large and extremely expensive London home.

She also plays a Fazioli grand at the concert. Faziolis were introduced in the 1980s and, while being exceptionally well-made and extremely expensive, they are rare, which makes it odd to find one in both locations. This makes no sense for this story and is clearly a product placement. See more »

Quotes

Fiona Maye: This court is a court of law not of morals.
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Connections

Featured in Front Row Late: Episode #3.6 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Down by the Salley Gardens
written by William Butler Yeats and music by Herbert Hughes
performed by Adam Henry (Guitar), Fiona Maye (vocals)
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Ironically, it asks you not to judge; empathetic, realistic and resonant.
3 September 2018 | by Pjtaylor-96-138044See all my reviews

'The Children Act (2018)' is much more about its central character than you'd perhaps think, with the apparent 'plot' - or, rather, most obvious conflict - finishing around the midway point. This doesn't so much detriment the movie as it does turn it into something altogether more methodical, a slow character-piece that uses its 'log-line' narrative to comment and reflect on the protagonist's two-handed mental state, while also giving us an insight into a profession not often portrayed on screen. The result is an interesting if strangely paced experience that often resonates, is usually entertaining and is sometimes quite upsetting, especially with its descriptions of its focal illness, but only to the extent that you understand the dilemma that its lead is in. It's a dilemma that feels a lot more legitimate than you'd perhaps expect, as it's rendered with a realism and an empathetic impartiality that allows you to understand both sides and maybe even walk away with a better understanding of the wider debate (one which seems to grace our real-life papers more often than you'd expect). The piece promotes empathy on the whole, ironically asking us not to judge and to allow all parties to express their sides, and this makes it feel wonderfully inclusive. It dabbles in pretty deep character work, too, which is bolstered by universally good performances. It's not thunderously enjoyable but it's never boring and, though it can sometimes feel a little bit 'TV-movie' (in the modern sense of 'TV'), there are intriguing things going on in terms of its narrative and themes. 6/10


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