The Children Act - Faith vs. Life

Love, loss, religion, impossible choices, youth, old age, indecision, and doubt. Richard Eyre weaves an intrinsic story inspired by the Act of Parliament from 1989. The trailer dropped on June 1st, and has been very well received thus far. It was first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.

Emma Thompson takes the lead in this heartfelt drama, playing a well-respected judge named Fiona Maye in a high court. In this film, Maye is brought a case that will change her life forever. A teenage boy lies dying in the state hospital and, according to the case file, his parents are refusing to allow him to be given a life saving blood transfusion. Maye goes to visit the boy where she discovers that the parent’s are not forcing this death upon their son, rather the boy is choosing to remain true to his faith; and he is himself, refusing the treatment. Thompson's character must make the choice between allowing the family, and their surprisingly strong-willed boy, their religious freedom; or to choose to create a new law that will make it mandatory for children to accept whatever procedures will save their lives. Fiona is set adrift in a sea of doubt and confusion. Amidst the trial of her life, Maye and her husband, Jack (Tucci), are struggling to save their slowly crumbling marriage. “My lady” must fight between her care for the young boy and her conviction to do good by the will of the people, along with added indecision of whether or not to save her own marriage.

The film is based on a 1989 novel of the same name written by English writer Ian Mcewan, who also wrote and crafted the screenplay for Atonement. The trailer commands instant respect for its story. It is no black and white story and it’s poignant plot containing arguments about medical and religious freedom is gripping. It is refreshing to once again see a film dripping with dramatic potential. Please go check out the trailer for yourself and let us here at Narrative know what you think of The Children Act.

by Mya Anderson