The Children Act (2017) is a British drama adapted by Ian McEwan from his 2014 novel.
Fiona Maye (played by award winning Emma Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law.
But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack (Tucci) is at a breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Whitehead), whether to allow a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness to reject a life-saving blood transfusion that violates his religion.
Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.
A powerful, very British, adult drama about love, intimacy and moral responsibility, one of Emma's finest.
72% Rotten Tomatoes
(1 hours 43 minutes)