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The Children Act
DIRECTOR Richard Eyre
CAST Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead, Jason Watkins
Emma Thompson excels in this adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel about the difficult decisions made by a family court judge and the repercussions on her personal life.
High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) must decide whether to force a 17-year-old with leukaemia to have the blood transfusion that will save his life, although it is against his parents’, and perhaps also his own, religious beliefs as Jehovah’s Witnesses. She takes the unusual step of meeting the boy, bringing the personal into her professional life. Adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novel and with a powerful performance from Thompson, this is an elegant film which intelligently examines a topical subject.
(2017 UK 105 mins)
Friday’s screening is followed by a hosted discussion.
The Children Act is that rarest of things: an adult drama, written and interpreted with a sensitivity to mature human concerns — not just the quite personal complexities of maintaining a 30-year relationship with no children of their own, but the more broad-reaching tension between the law and firmly held religious belief … More restrained than director Eyre’s earlier work (Iris, Notes on a Scandal), yet driven by an energy for which he is directly responsible … the wonderfully nuanced film concerns Fiona’s attempts to reconcile these two weighty challenges … the entire film hinges on how deeply felt [Emma Thompson’s ] performance comes across. Peter Debruge, Variety
BBFC advice: Contains infrequent strong language
Detailed advice from the BBFC (click on insight)
This film should be available in audio described format but this is subject to confirmation upon final testing prior to screenings. Please therefore contact the cinema prior to booking at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that audio description is available. The optimum sound can be heard in the first three rows in the auditorium (rows AA, A and B), seats 1-12. We are currently seeking funding to install an enhanced system that will cover the whole auditorium.