The Children Act — U.S. Trailer

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added: Wed, Jun 13th '18

Check out the new U.S. trailer for "The Children Act," a court-room British drama that stars Emma Thompson as a British high court judge who is assigned to preside over a controversial and highly publicized trial, in which a Jehovah's Witness married couple is refusing to allow their leukemia-stricken teenage son to have a life-saving blood transfusion as mixing one's blood with another person's blood goes against their religious beliefs.

Based on the 2014 novel by "Atonement" author Ian McEwan, who also adapted the screenplay, the thought-provoking film hails from Richard Eyre, the acclaimed English director of "Notes on a Scandal" and "Iris."

The cast also includes Oscar-nominated actor Stanley Tucci as Thompson's frustrated husband while "Dunkirk" actor Fionn Whitehead plays the ailing teen boy with Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line) and Eileen Walsh (TV's Patrick Melrose) as his extremely devout parents.

"The Children Act" will first open theatrically in the U.K. on August 24th before coming to the States on September 14th.

synopsis:
"When a court determines any question with respect to the upbringing of a child, the child's welfare shall be the court's paramount consideration." The Children Act, 1989

Based on the much-loved novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) and brought to the big screen by director Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris), THE CHILDREN ACT is a compelling and powerful drama telling the story of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases.

As the demands of her job cause her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) to reach tipping point, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds. With her private life in turmoil, Fiona finds herself drawn into the case, taking the unorthodox step of halting proceedings in order to visit Adam in hospital. As the two form a profound connection and powerful emotions come to light, Fiona’s judgement is put to the test with momentous consequences as she must ultimately decide whether Adam lives or dies.

 

directed by   Richard Eyre

starring   Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead, Ben Chaplin, Eileen Walsh

release date   September 14, 2018 (U.S. release)

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