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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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John Duigan

Writer:

John Duigan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Anthony / Priest / Estella's husband
Tara Fitzgerald ... Estella / Anthony's wife
Sam Neill ... Norman / Artist / Rose's husband
Pamela Rabe ... Rose / Norman's wife
Portia de Rossi ... Giddy (as Portia De Rossi)
Tziporah Malkah Tziporah Malkah ... Pru / Model (as Kate Fischer)
Elle Macpherson ... Sheela / Model
Ben Mendelsohn ... Lewis
John Polson ... Tom
Mark Gerber Mark Gerber ... Devlin / Blind man
Julia Stone Julia Stone ... Jane
Ellie MacCarthy Ellie MacCarthy ... Honey
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Bishop of Sydney
John Duigan ... Earnest Minister
Lexy Murphy 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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The enchanting new comedy from John Duigan [USA Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sirenas See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Gross USA:

$7,770,731
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Elle Macpherson gained twenty pounds to match the curvier look of models during the early 20th Century time frame. See more »

Goofs

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

Sheela: [talking about an outhouse] I should have warned him about the redbacks.
Estella Campion: What are they?
Sheela: Small spiders with big teeth. They live under toilet seats usually.
Estella Campion: How do you know if they're there?
Sheela: By the screams.
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Soundtracks

GREY FUNNEL LINE
Written by Cyril Tawney
Dick James Music Ltd.
Performed by Silly Sisters
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Ltd.
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Woeful underrated by IMDBers
14 May 2010 | by davdecraneSee all my reviews

While it takes some time to declare itself as the story of the sensual awakening of the Tara Fitzgerald character, the movie brilliantly captures the Anglo-Saxon tension that arises whenever faced with the erotic. Hugh Grant is winningly Hugh Grant, the other characters are fun and believable in a scenario that manages to be both realistic and whimsical. The dialog is funny, the Australian geography is stunning, as are the naked forms of the women, who together manage to achieve more sensual nudity than a years' worth of French movies. Rachel Portman's score is fantastic, wonderfully mirroring Tara Fitzgerald's liberation, an act achieved through her own risk-taking, and then mentoring another woman through the same process. Hugh Grant may fail in his paramount plot goal but his character is more than rewarded with a wife whose outlook on life promises a new kind of open relationship.


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