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Where Angels Fear To Tread is one of the free DVDs issued with newspaper - I think it was the Mail - the film is 1991 so is nearly 20 years old now! It is adapted from the E M Forster novel, set in Edwardian times and starrs Helena Bonham Cater, Rupert Graves and Helen Mirren.
**A bit of the Storyline**
The rich widow Lilia Herriton (Helen Mirren) heads off to Italy following the death of her husband with her chaperone Caroline Abbott (Helena Bonham Carter), leaving the care of her daughter with her grandparents in England. Whilst on their trip Lilia writes home to announce her engagement to Italian stud Giovanni Guidelli (Gino Carella) and the family think this is too soon so send Philip Herriton (Rupert Graves) who is Lilia's brother in law to stop the marriage.
When Philip gets there he finds the couple married already so there's not a lot he can do but whilst there he falls in love with Italy and is sympathetic towards the couple. In the continuing months, Lilia becomes pregnant to her and Giovanni's delight but sadly dies in childbirth. The family in England want the child to live with them as they don't want Lilia's money to stay in Italy.
**What's it like?**
I won't go on any further as I don't want to give the whole storyline away! It's a good period drama but not much to look at by way of costumes or anything.
I felt like the 108 minutes dragged a bit and that two of the characters looked very similar so it was a bit confusing during the middle of the film.
Helen Mirren played a decent role but she didn't get much air time really and Helena Bonham Carter was amazingly pale as usual in this film and not very exciting but played her role adequately. Highlight for me is Gino Carella featured in various stages of undress (but it is a PG so don't let your imagination get too carried away). He's very easy on the eye though!
I'd say it's a good Sunday afternoon film, a bit dull in places but keeps you guessing right to the end, which in my opinion is a bit disappointing. I won't be watching it again any time soon.
If you still want to watch this film, amazon are selling it from as little as £1.50 but don't be surprised if it turns up in a cardboard sleeve lol!
A widow is sent to Italy by her in-laws to recuperate. There she meets and falls in love with a young Italian... Based on the novel by E.M. Forster.