Wor­thy Acta tale of in­ten­sity

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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,

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