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Abaton - Kindeswohl - The Children Act

Hosted by the Consul of the Hamburg Cinema Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Tue 04 Sep 17:45 - 19:30

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Should you be looking for a film with some drama, then come along tonight after work and watch this with me!

About the film:
Fiona Maye is a judge in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. A case is brought before her involving a 17-year-old boy, Adam Henry, who is suffering from leukemia. Adam's doctors want to perform a blood transfusion, as that will allow them to use more drugs to cure him. However, Adam and his parents are Jehovah's Witnesses, and believe that having a blood transfusion is against their religion. Fiona goes to the hospital to see Adam. The two talk, with Fiona attempting to determine what it is that Adam really wants, and whether he has been persuaded by his parents. Adam starts to play "Down by the Salley Gardens", which Fiona then sings to. Adam is very drawn to Fiona, and begs her not to leave. Fiona nevertheless leaves, and returns to court. She rules that, as a matter of law, Adam's welfare is the "paramount consideration" and declares that the medical treatment, including blood transfusion, is lawful despite the absence of Adam's consent and that of his parents.

Meanwhile, Fiona's marriage is failing. Her husband, Jack, has said that he wants to have an affair with a colleague. He has become tired of Fiona constantly working and never having time for him. He says that he will have an affair, but will be totally open about it. He claims that he has never stopped, and will never stop, loving her. He leaves for two days. When he returns, Fiona acts very coldly towards him, resulting in an argument between the two, after Fiona consults a divorce solicitor.

The transfusion is successful, and Adam is released from hospital. He leaves many messages for Fiona, saying that she has changed the way that he thinks about the world. He follows her to work one day, and gives her various poems and letters that he has written. She tells him to stop following her, as he is still young and has his whole life in front of him. Next, Fiona travels to Newcastle, and Adam follows her there. He tells her that he wants to live with her, as he does not understand why his parents were happy for him to die. Fiona sends him back to London.

Shortly after she returns to London, Fiona performs at a concert. Just before she is due to play, she gets a note saying that Adam has relapsed and may not make it through the night. She performs "Down by the Salley Gardens", before running to the hospital to see him. Adam has refused another blood transfusion, saying that it is his choice. Fiona returns home, and breaks down in front of Jack, calling Adam a "lovely boy". She falls asleep and in the morning, reconciles with Jack.

Adam dies and Fiona attends his funeral, before walking away with Jack.

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