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15th of November 2018


Review: An excellent Emma Thompson raises the bar in 'The Children Act'

But suddenly, like many a McEwan protagonist before her, she isn’t. The case in question involves a 17-year-old leukemia patient named Adam Henry (Fionn Whitehead, “Dunkirk”), whose successful treatment and survival will depend on a blood transfusion. But Adam, like his parents (poignantly played by Ben Chaplin and Eileen Walsh), is a Jehovah’s Witness, and he has refused the transfusion based on his belief that God forbids the intermixing of blood. McEwan, engineering his premise with enormous cunning, throws in one more twist: Because Adam is still just a few months shy of adulthood, it falls to Fiona to decide his fate.

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