Where Angels Fear to Tread is a Merchant/Ivory production in all but name. Lilia (Helen Mirren, in fine form) is a wealthy widow on holiday in rural Italy with her companion Caroline (a dressed-down Helena Bonham Carter) when she falls for penniless local Gino (Giovanni Guidelli). Her horrified relatives promptly dispatch brother-in-law Philip (Rupert Graves) to break things up, but he's too late--she's already married and, in short order, gives birth to a child. Unfortunately, a happy ending is not to be (not for Lilia, at any rate). As with Maurice (Graves) and Howard's End (Bonham Carter), the author is E.M. Forster, but the director is Charles Sturridge (Brideshead Revisited) and, unlike Room with a View (which featured both actors), the tone is tragic rather than romantic. Another Forster vet, Judy Davis (A Passage to India), plays Lilia's sister-in-law, Harriet, while Oscar winner Rachel Portman composed the enchanting score. --Kathleen C. Fennessy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I bought this as I love Carter's acting but was amazed to find everyone does a great job. It is so rare with todays movies to have all the cast good and where CGI is not a factor!Published 22 months ago by David B. Osborne
Actually, this is a fairly good, interesting story. However, because there are no subtitles or closed captions, the poor sound coupled with the English accents make it very... Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2013 by George Jones
This story exposes yet again the dangers of snobbery and bigotry so evident in the British class system of that era. A tantalilizing tale brillliantly presented. Read morePublished on July 10 2013 by Susana Bear River
I was disappointed as the story jumps around a lot.
As much as I love British drama, I felt that all of that wonderful talent was wasted here.