Cast & Crew
Director : Charles Sturridge
Producer : Derek Granger
Screenwriter : Tim Sullivan, Derek Granger, Charles Sturridge,
Starring : Rupert Graves, Helen Mirren, Helena Bonham Carter, Barbara Jefford, Judy Davis, Thomas Wheatley, Sophie Kullmann, Vass Anderson, Sylvia Barter, Eileen Davies, Giovanni Guidelli,
Insanely overwrought British period drama (based on E.M. Forster's first novel) has corset-ready standbys like Rupert Graves, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, and Helen Mirren headed to turn-of-last-century Italy. The story gets off to a promising start as the wealthy Mirren decides to marry an Italian of low status (Guidelli), finding a culture clash that only gets worse with the pronouncement that she is pregnant. Unfortunately, Mirren's character dies during childbirth, launching the movie into its primary plotline -- the war over the child, fought by her family and her no-Ingles husband. Sadly, this plot is melodramatic, incredibly phony, and nearly unwatchable. Unless you've just got a thing for corsets and petticoats, give this one a pass.