Worthy Acta tale of intensity
The Children Act (M, 105 mins) Directed by Richard Eyre Reviewed by James Croot
High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is used to the time pressure and intense public interest some of her cases put her under. But her most recent one has affected her a little more.
Having to make a decision about whether to allow doctors, against the parents’ wishes, to separate conjoined twins, even though one of them will die as a result, has left Maye feeling emotionally and physically drained.
Worse still, her home life is falling apart. Concerned that it is 11 months since they’ve made love, husband Jack (Stanley Tucci) is dismayed that they’ve ended up ‘‘more like siblings’’ than husband and wife, and declares his intention to have an affair.
Despite reeling from that news, all Maye can do is throw herself into her work. After all, she’s the duty judge all weekend and has two judgments due by Monday.
And then into her life comes the case of Adam Henry (Dunkirk’s Fionn Whitehead).
A 17-year-old leukaemia patient,