The Children Act

The Children Act

DVD - 2018
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Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London ruling with wisdom and kindness over ethically complicated cases of family law. Fiona is tasked with ruling on the case of Adam, an exceptional boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion. He is three months from his eighteenth birthday and legally still a child. Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and it has an extreme emotional impact on them both.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, California] : Lionsgate, [2018]
Copyright Date: �2018
ISBN: 0031398293972
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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Feb 06, 2021

Really good movie - Emma Thompson is amazing in this - and Stanley Tucci isn't in it enough - but when he is - he's great.

Dec 04, 2020

Emma Thompson shines in this interesting tale about work, love, and beliefs.

Aug 21, 2020

This DVD didn't work well on my player and thus I saw about 1/2 of the film - the introduction and the ending. So difficult to rate my interest level in the story.

Dec 05, 2019

This movie can be seen in different light. When the judge visited the teen to determine if he understood that refusing treatment would lead to his slow death, she went beyond evidence gathering. She laughed at his quip and the ice broke. Then she chatted about his guitar, asked him to play the tune just learned, sang the words to it. She inspired a change in the precocious young man. She embodied legal authority as well as social approval, the whisper of something better.
By professional rules, exchanges outside that legal scope may suggest bias, self interest or other compromising motive. Did she want the process and her consideration to seem fairer ? Back in court, she confirmed precedents that the hospital can intervene with transfusions and medications to rescue the underage teen.
This script invested the judge with all the determinism and diminished other characters. It echoed elitist biases about other classes : he plays the guitar, she plays the piano ; she knew the ballad Down by Salley Gardens, he didn't know the poet Yeats ; he is imaginative, she has the power to solve his quandary. Yet responding to another person on an informal level opened fear of professional review. Outside of her role as judge, she felt obliged to do nothing to help him, or she might lose her job.
Was the writer pointing up inadequacy in the system, a mechanism to transfer him to some help ? The movie didn't even look for that remedy. The script stuck to the judge.
The young fellow visited her two more times. Although she listened, she didn't stray outside her profession and class role. When she said goodbye, he kissed her. Her clerk saw it. Professional Review would interpret that as unhealthy interest.
When the young man suffered another bout of leukemia, she visited him again in hospital. Now an adult over 18, he was free to refuse treatment.
Anguished by the “waste”, the judge read his personal letter from that previous year, that he had lost his religion, parents, hope and life. This movie made his death her tragedy.
By constricting the POV, the writer misread other obvious interpretations. Making the lad her walk-on dilemma turned her struggle into self interest and censorship. Events, characters and interpretations were manipulated to support this version.
Now think about other class exclusions in this story and wonder how awkwardly it's blocked.

Nov 13, 2019

Thought provoking!

Nov 05, 2019

Very good actors, but the storyline is very much a downer, chose not to watch it.

Nov 02, 2019

I liked Emma Thompson in this movie. I would watch this again.

Aug 23, 2019

Beauty through moments of regrets. Living not fulfilled by choices or living with consequences of decisions perhaps left unmade.

Art is what makes you pause, ponder and absorb to reflect what beholds you. So is the mastery in this movie piece.

Jul 26, 2019

A dramatic portrayal of the life of a judge.

Jun 22, 2019

A warm, heartfelt story! Well-done and beautifully acted! I really enjoyed this intriguing story and movie!
(The volume was low for some reason, though!)
Make sure to watch the Commentary, well-worth it!
I definitely recommend this movie!

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