Where Angels Fear to Tread is a 1991 British period drama about a wealthy English widow taking a much younger Italian lover at the turn of the century. Adapted from a novel by E.M. Forster, the film tells the story of Lilia Herriton (Helen Mirren). After losing her wealthy husband, Lilia endures life under the roof of her snobbish mother-in-law, Mrs. Herriton (Barbara Jefford). Her friend, Caroline Abbott (Helena Bonham Carter), recommends she escape to Italy. Lilia takes the advice and surprisingly falls in love with a poor, charming Italian, Gino Carella (Giovanni Guidelli) and announces her intention to marry him. The Herriton family is not pleased by the turn of events, so Philip (Rupert Graves), her former brother-in-law, travels to Italy to stop the relationship. Director Charles Sturridge explores the contradictions of class, culture and money as the very uptight and British Herriton family discovers the ease of the Tuscany countryside.