Friday, January 18, 2019

Really Enjoyed The Children Act Movie

Watched a terrific movie last night on Netflix: The Children Act with Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead. 

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital—an encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

Emma Thompson delivers, as always, a superb performance which kept the interest going throughout this smart, elegant, and deeply moving film. 

Now I want to read the book by Ian McEwan, who also wrote Atonement, which I loved reading. It’s in the PS library, so I will read it when I return from South America. Looking forward to this read. 

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