The Children Act

105+ min. Lionsgate. 2017. DVD UPC 031398293972. $19.99. Rated: R.
Family-law judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) routinely makes life-or-death decisions for minors under British law without it becoming personal—until she visits a hospitalized teen (Fionn Whitehead) before ordering a blood transfusion against his religious faith. Adapted from the Ian McEwan novel, Richard Eyre's (Iris; Notes on a Scandal) thought-provoking yet moving drama is anchored by Thompson's wonderful performance as a stern but compassionate public servant whose fateful choice unexpectedly impacts even her own long-faltering marriage.

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