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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)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Emma Thompson ... Fiona Maye
Stanley Tucci ... Jack Maye
Rupert Vansittart ... Sherwood Runcie
Fionn Whitehead ... Adam Henry
Ben Chaplin ... Kevin Henry
Jason Watkins ... Nigel Pauling
Rosie Cavaliero ... Marina Green
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Amadia Kalu QC
Dominic Carter ... Roger
Nicholas Jones ... Professor Rodney Carter
Anthony Calf ... Mark Berner
Honey Holmes ... Director / Producer (as Angela Holmes)
Eileen Walsh ... Naomi Henry
Stacha Hicks ... Jill
Paul Jesson ... Humphrey
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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

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We all make choices. Hers make history.

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Drama

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Rated R for a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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The Children Act See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,293, 16 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$513,381, 4 November 2018
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film had its world premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017. See more »

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Throughout the film, her clerk and others address Fiona as 'my lady'; in reality they would simply call her 'judge'. 'My Lady' is a term of address used only in court. See more »

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Fiona Maye: I am bound by The Children Act, and the clear injunction of its opening lines. The child's wellfare shall be the courts paramount consideration. Assuming a good recovery, this young man's welfare is better served by his love of reading and his newly found passion for the guitar, by the exercise of his lively intelligence and by the expression of a playful affectionate nature and by all of live and love that lie ahead of him.
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Featured in Front Row: 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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Touching, intelligent film. great Emma Thompson performance
4 August 2018 | by turetskyneilSee all my reviews

Based on excellent writer Ian McEwan novel, this film managed to balance very nicely two themes, a troubled marriage and exploration of religious freedom in life and death health decisions. Issues of sexuality dying in middle age couples, overwork's effects on intimacy quietly and maturely looked at. No easy answers given. What to decide when a religious family refuses to permit a medically needed blood transfusion for religious reasons. A really remarkable acting tour de force by Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci very good as beloved but sexually frustrated spouse, and very amusing spot on character acting by the "clark". Interesting peeks into England's legal system, and some very good cinematography of English countryside.. Slightly flawed by some melodramatic and poorly explained plot turns, the movie is still a must see, very smart and entertaining.


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