The Children Act
Richard Eyre’s faithful adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel, where Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge. As her marriage crumbles, she must decide a case involving Adam, a teenager who as a Jehovah’s Witness is refusing a blood transfusion. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? It’s always rewarding to watch the ever-reliable Thompson bring her lucid wit and deep emotional reserves to bear on a meaty role. Her towering performance as a woman in despair packs a real punch.