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Sirens (1993)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  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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Estella Campion
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Norman Lindsay
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Sheela
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Giddy (as Portia De Rossi)
Kate Fischer ...
Pru
Pamela Rabe ...
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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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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A sensitive new comedy from award winning director John Duigan [UK theatrical] See more »

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

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3 November 1994 (USA)  »

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Sirenas  »

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£1,734,898 (UK) (5 August 1994)
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Trivia

Although this movie is a work of fiction, it is centered around a real person. Norman Lindsay was a real-life artist and author in Australia during the early 1900s. Several of his books have been adapted into movies, including Age of Consent (1969) which tells a different version of this same story. See more »

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Although the story is set in the 1930s, the beautiful green steam locomotive that is seen in an early scene is a NSWGR 38 class, which first entered service in 1942. See more »

Quotes

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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GREY FUNNEL LINE
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Dick James Music Ltd.
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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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