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Sirens (1993)

When a painting is termed blasphemous, a young minister and his wife visit the artist... and the three sexually playful models living with him.

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Estella Campion
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Norman Lindsay
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Sheela
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Giddy (as Portia De Rossi)
Tziporah Malkah ...
Pru (as Kate Fischer)
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Rose Lindsay
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Lewis
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Tom
Mark Gerber ...
Devlin
Julia Stone ...
Jane
Ellie MacCarthy ...
Honey
Vincent Ball ...
Bishop of Sydney
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Earnest Minister
Lexy Murphy ...
British Bulldog Girl
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Storyline

A young reverend and his wife are on the way from England to Australia to minister to their flock. The bishop asks him to visit an eccentric artist prone to sexual depictions and requests that he voluntarily withdraw a controversial work call "Crucified Venus" from his show. The minister, who considers himself a progressive, is shocked at the amoral atmosphere surrounding the painter, his wife, and the three models living at his estate. The minister's wife is troubled also, and has to deal with latent sexual urges while trying to remain loyal to her husband. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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In the 1930s, an artist and his models scandalized a nation with their controversial paintings. For a young couple, meeting them was the experience of a lifetime. [USA Theatrical] See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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25 March 1994 (USA)  »

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Sirenas  »

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$7,770,731 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Tara Fitzgerald deliberately withheld from getting involved in any of the cast and crew's get-togethers and parties, as it helped her with her characterization of an uptight, repressed woman. See more »

Goofs

In the initial scene, Tara Fitzgerald and Hugh Grant's characters move from the house to the pond to wait for the Lindsays, with Fitzgerald carrying her suitcase. But in the next scene when they are woken up by the pond side by the Lindsays, we find in addition to her suitcase, their big trunk is also lying next to them. See more »

Quotes

Giddy: ...did you know it could be dangerous to wake somebody up when they're dreaming, well, because you leave part of your brain behind. And if it happens too many times, you go feeble in the head.
Sheela: Yeah. You're living proof.
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Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

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MARCH PAST OF THE KITCHEN UTENSILS, from WASPS
Written by Ralph Vaughan Williams
J. Curwen & Sons Ltd.
Used by permission of Faber Music Limited, London
Performed by The Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Patrick Thomas
Courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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Try and resist their call...Be Seduced...
8 February 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This is truly one of my favorite films of all time. From the clever dialogue, lush scenery and amazing cinematography, I find it irresistable.

While it was an admittedly erotic film, I found it extremely 'body/nude positive' in the sense that it showcased the true beauty of the human form and seemed to celebrate it.

Also, the creative way that the director "morphs" scenes into and from noted works of art. Brilliant!

The Soundtrack -- by Oscar winning composer RACHEL PORTMAN -- melded the at times ethereal emotions of many scenes and drew the viewer in. Again, irresistable...

A few scenes that stand out:

*Dream sequence of Tara Fitzgerald's character when she descends into the water at night in a gauzey Egyptian cotton nightgown and the three models emerge from the water and caress her.

*The scene when the "Statue" comes to life and walks off into the illuminated night mist...

This is a film NOT to be missed. One will not regret viewing it.


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