A young Priest (Hugh Grant) and his wife Estella move to an Australian parish. Before they arrive the bishop asks them to visit an eccentric artist prone to sexual depictions and requests that he voluntarily withdraw a controversial work called 'Crucified Venus', which depicts a naked female from his show.
Upon their arrival at the studios the young couple become drawn into the seductive world of the Lindsay family and their provocative models.
The sensuous models Sheela (Elle Macpherson), Giddy (Portia De Rossi), and Pru (Kate Fischer) captivate the very proper Estella and lead her on a journey of sexual awakening amidst the erotically charged, guilt-free environment.
The longer the couple stay, the more they find themselves drawn into the sensuous pleasures of the world and begin to question their own beliefs and values.
is an affectionate, semi-fictional comedy of manners set in 1930s Australia. In an audacious stroke of casting Hugh Grant plays a stereotypically awkward and diffident Englishman, in this case a Church of England priest. The priest is despatched into the Blue Mountains west of Sydney in an effort to press the Good Word upon Norman Lindsay, an artist whose lurid works are scandalising the upright citizenry. Lindsay--capably played here by Sam Neill--really existed and though he fancied himself as a dashing Bohemian artist, his paintings were dreadful.
Sirens sees Grant's rigidly decent young priest and his equally prim wife (Tara Fitzgerald) gradually tempted further and further into the rustic bacchanalia that Lindsay has founded up in the bush. This sensual world is represented by Lindsay's young muses, played by supermodel Elle MacPherson, a pre-Ally McBeal Portia De Rossi and Kate Fischer. The three are more or less unclothed for most of the film, and spend what seems an unnecessary amount of time washing each other in rock-pools. This may or may not reflect awareness on the part of the producers that the film's predictable plot and overwrought dialogue weren't going to fill a lot of seats without some help.
On the DVD: Sirens is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen, but there are no extra features.--Andrew Mueller
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