THE CHIL­DREN ACT (M) Play­ing God is a game with no ob­vi­ous re­sult, UK, 105 min

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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 life-or-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.

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