The Children Act

The Children Act

DVD - 2018
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Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London ruling with wisdom and kindness over ethically complicated cases of family law. Fiona is tasked with ruling on the case of Adam, an exceptional boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion. He is three months from his eighteenth birthday and legally still a child. Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and it has an extreme emotional impact on them both.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Jun 11, 2019

Another brilliant BBC production. A clever drama that demonstrates some of the life issues that professional women may deal with: marriage, workaholic habits, client/coworker interactions. Also a sneak peak at what a judge for children cases has to deal with. An opportunity to see EmmaT in a serious role (vs comedy) - great job. Always nice to watch STucci. FWhitehead effectively played a confused young adult. The director did a great job moving this drama along despite no battles or car chases. Spoilers ... thought provoking take aways: controversy over blood transfusions, needy spouses, side effects of being a workaholic, how to deal with clients/coworkers who mix professionalism with intimacy, line between professionalism, friendship and intimacy, the benefits of a long separation before getting a divorce, importance of open honest spousal dialog, emotional discussions without the yelling and insults, professionals making hard decisions by employing a human-touch - not blindly following rules in a book. So many layers to this story. Life is not always a bed of roses.

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matcat44
Jun 02, 2019

Great actors, but didn’t want to watch.

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LoriVirginia
May 22, 2019

Emma Thompson was cast perfectly in the lead role. Stanley Tucci and Fionn Whitehead also great in their parts. Good drama, but had a weak ending in my opinion.

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xiaojunbpl12
May 16, 2019

Brought up by children's mind, secular restraints can be fatal too.

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roxiekat21
Apr 21, 2019

Found it slow and boring....only watched to the end because I wanted to see what happened otherwise I would have turned it off after the first 15mins

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hazystar
Apr 09, 2019

Disappointing, would have rated it lower if it wasn’t for the high caliber acting especially from Emma Thompson. None of the characters I could warm to and the improbable and somewhat absurd storyline did not flow well, not to my taste at all.

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SusanWilks
Apr 06, 2019

I simply loved it and watched it three times. Emma Thompson is brilliant!

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Tasteer
Mar 20, 2019

I don't know.... The movie left me scratching my head quite as much as the novel did. I watched the movie in the hope it might illuminate the novel for me. It didn't. I found both had a flat affect that made it tough for me to engage with the story. The situations presented in the family court were interesting and compelling - but I couldn't connect with the characters. :o(

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SAPL454
Mar 13, 2019

A very compassionate movie that explores the depth of human emotions.

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fahasanavsar
Mar 12, 2019

Emma Thompson is superb.

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