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The Children Act | Mortality at the Movies

Fri, Sep 20 @ 6:30pm @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sanctuary UCC
458 High Street, West Medford

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The Children Act – Starring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.

The first of four films in our “Mortality at the Movies” Series (Sept – Dec); contemporary films that explore the value of life through the vantage point of death. Thought-provoking and often funny, these films remind us that while dying is a part of life, it need not keep us from living well.

Description: 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 a breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (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? 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.


“An idiosyncratic curio that lives and breathes beyond its running time.”

“Ponders faith and medicine among Jehovah’s Witnesses to stunning effect – and with heart-wrenching delicacy.”

“Thompson and Whitehead shine, and director Richard Eyre has crafted a highly textured, respectable film about grown-up issues.”


Chad & Anna Kidd will lead the discussion. BYOB. Bring your own beer, wine or soda and experience the places where Pop culture meets our faith. We will watch a current film followed by a discussion about themes of morality, faith, and humanity led by local theologians and community leaders.

This Film Screening and Discussion are free – suggested $10.00 donation is welcomed.

For information about the film title, please email or call 781-395-3360.