On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.
One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.
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
Fionn Whitehead stars opposite Emma Thompson, ex wife of Kenneth Branagh, whom he starred with in Dunkirk. See more »
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 »
Ironically, it asks you not to judge; empathetic, realistic and resonant.
'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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