When those in the legal field make a ruling, the hope is that is it is clean-cut. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
In the new film, The Children Act (based on the novel of the same name by Ian McEwan), Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is a judge who is juggling a successful professional life and a crumbling marriage. Her marriage to her American husband Jack Maye (Stanley Tucci) is going down the tubes, mainly due to Fiona’s almost workaholic tendencies. At the same time, she is assigned the case of Adam Henry (Fionn Whitehead), a young man who is dying from Leukemia. Adam’s family are Jehovah’s Witnesses and do not believe in blood transfusions, even if it could save his life.
In order to determine if Adam’s religious beliefs trump the hospital’s decision to force him to take the blood transfusion, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital. Though neither Fiona or Adam know it, this visit will have a profound effect on feelings that neither have truly explored previously.
This movie is amazing. It explores a nuanced narrative with flawed, human characters that anyone can relate to.
I absolutely recommend it.
The Children Act is presently in theaters.