Fiona Maye (Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge in London, presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack (Tucci) is at breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Whitehead), who is refusing the blood transfusion that will save his life. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.
‘Thompson never disappoints, nailing every nuance of a judge who lets the world in at the cost of losing her own judgment. This is acting of the highest order.’
Cast: Emma Thompson, Fionn Whitehead, Stanley Tucci
Director: Richard Eyre
Runtime: 1hr 45min