Sirens (1993)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  3 November 1994 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Estella Campion
Norman Lindsay
Giddy (as Portia De Rossi)
Kate Fischer ...
Pamela Rabe ...
Rose Lindsay
Mark Gerber ...
Julia Stone ...
Ellie MacCarthy ...
Vincent Ball ...
Bishop of Sydney
Earnest Minister
Lexy Murphy ...
British Bulldog Girl


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 <>

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The enchanting new comedy from John Duigan [USA Theatrical] See more »


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

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Release Date:

3 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sirenas  »

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Box Office


£1,734,898 (UK) (5 August 1994)

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A rejected score was composed by Geoffrey Burgon. See more »


In the first dining room scene, as Norman leaves the table, Giddy offers Estella some tea. Moments later in the scene, as Tony is speaking, Giddy and Estella can be seen repeating the action in the background. See more »


Norman Lindsay: [reading from newspaper] The repetitious excesses of Norman Lindsay have long been a source of consternation to clean-living citizens of this country. For many years he has painted men and women who seem to be slaves of cocaine or a similar drug which has reduced them to frenzied and shameless morbidity. Today, however, not content with scorning all standards of public decency, he has chosen to profane the most sacred image of the Christian church, the Crucifixion.
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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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