Discover The Children Act

Pushing limits, pushing lives

The story that changed the world

Introducing the story and the film


Ian McEwan is the genius behind this masterpiece. He wrote the story as a novel – a novel that was sold all over the world and translated into multiple languages. His bestseller was transposed into a screenplay later on, with Ian McEwan making the transition himself. The result? To some, the book is much better than the film. To others, the film touches feelings even better.


Some films are rewarding, some others are sophisticated. The Children Act is both – something extremely rare in the cinema world. The film is extremely persuasive, but it can also become preposterous at times.


Emma Thompson in a new role


The central character is extremely complex and apart from Ian McEwan's sophistication, Emma Thompson has taken it even further. She plays a prolific high court judge – Fiona Maye – who struggles in the attempt to combine her career and personal life. Her decisions in court are final, so the pressure is huge – the makes the difference between life and death. Once inside the court, she underlines an astonishing elegance, yet her claws still show. Her dedication to work seems to affect her marriage with Jack, who struggles to tempt her away from her glowing career. It all revolves around a case based on a pair of conjoined twins. This is what defines her marriage. When she claims that one of the twins has a normal heart and can sustain both bodies, she basically describes her marriage with Jack overtime.


The kid who changed everything


Apart from Fiona Maye's failing marriage, the story revolves around other dramas that are worth some attention too. This is when Adam steps in. Flionn Whitehead plays the 17 years old boy whose religion almost kills him. He is in desperate need of a blood transfusion, yet he cannot get it due to his religion. Fiona Maye decides to make her decision easier by getting closer into this case. She goes to the hospital and visits the boy. The experience is quite intense and will most likely give the audience some thrills. It is a deep encounter that ends up affecting both their lives. She forgets about her professional career and lets her personal life in. The child forgets about his religious rules as well. At some point, she makes the decision. This is when a deep piano kicks in to add even more drama. What is her decision going to be?