THE CHILDREN ACT (M)
PLAYING GOD IS A GAME WITH NO OBVIOUS RESULT, UK, 105 MIN
Throughout her career, Emma Thompson has rarely taken the serious dramatic roles that clearly fall within her extensive range as an actor. Therefore this deceptively gripping adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel of the same name is well worth checking out, as Thompson makes light work of a heavy role in very impressive fashion. She plays Fiona Maye, a conscientious family court judge specialising in hearing cases that protect the welfare of minors. A longtime stickler for doing things by the book, Fiona makes an extreme about-face when she must rule on a lifeor-death situation facing a strictly religious family. Their faith prohibits a blood transfusion that could reverse a terminal diagnosis for Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a gravely ill teenage boy. Fiona takes some uncharacteristic measures in determining Adam’s fate, moves which could be influenced by her crumbling relationship with a dissatisfied and neglected husband (Stanley Tucci). A fiercely intelligent and quietly provocative drama for mature audiences.