- Film & TV
- 24 Aug 18
Emma Thompson shines in claustrophobic exploration of emotion and authority
Director Richard Eyre's adaptation of Zoe Heller's Notes On A Scandal was a fascinating, if not wholly successful, exploration of the complex inner lives of middle-aged women. These themes again arise in The Children Act, Eyre's interpretation of Ian McEwan's novel about a family court judge who finds herself in turmoil.
The life of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) revolves around protecting and caring for children, though she never had any of her own. Constantly focused on her work, she has allowed her marriage to grow stale and neglectful, and in the absence of passion or even effort, her devoted yet frustrated husband Jack (Stanley Tucci) declares his intention to have an affair.