Around 1906, the widow Lilia Herriton meets a young man when she visits Italy and marries him. The man is only a dentist without a good name, and Lilia's relatives are clearly unhappy with her choice. Lilia dies while giving birth to a son, and two relatives travel to Italy to take care of of the baby, expecting no trouble from the father. Written by
Did You Know?
According to Rita Kempley
in The Washington Post, the film's source "Where Angels Fear to Tread" novel by E.M. Forster
, and his second book, "A Room With A View", were both "inspired by Forster's first trip to passionately sunny Italy early in the century". See more
In a scene outside on the veranda in Gino's house in Italy, Lilia (Helen Mirren
) has her back to the view of the countryside. At one point, when the camera is on her, a white van can be seen driving along the road in the distance. It is clearly a 1990s-era vehicle, moving much faster than automobiles of the era could have. See more
I'm sure you're honorable, but are you wise?
Lucia di Lammermoor
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
(as Donizetti) See more