As her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona (Emma Thompson) has a life-changing decision to make at work.
Based upon Ian McEwen’s novel, Fiona is 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 is at breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant boy 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? McEwen has adapted his own novel, sensitively directed by Richard Eyre. This is an adult drama, written and interpreted with a sensitivity to mature human concerns, with a superbly nuanced performance by Emma Thompson.