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The Children Act Rated 12A

The Children Act

Dir. Richard Eyre. UK, 2017. 1h 45m. Starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead, Ben Chaplin, Eileen Walsh, Anthony Calf, Rupert Vansittart, Jason Watkins.

A judge’s marriage crumbles while she handles the case of a young Jehovah’s Witness refused a blood transfusion by his parents. This emotional courtroom drama is an intelligent adaptation of Ian McEwen’s novel, with an elegant lead performance by two-time Oscar-winner Emma Thompson.

‘A heartbreaking lament for loves lost and lives unrealised, a restrained, nuanced movie about nuance and restraint.’ Tom Charity, Sight and Sound Magazine

'A soulful and sophisticated adult drama that peers into the void between the beauty of ideals and the cost of living by them.’ ★★★★ David Ehrlich, IndieWire