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TitleSirens (1994)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityBlind
CountryAustralia / UK
Length94
GenreBiography
Rating4
DirectorJohn Duigan
CastHugh Grant Tara Fitzgerald Sam Neill Elle Macpherson Portia De Rossi Kate Fischer
NotesGiven the bare plot outline you might think to yourself this film is not for me. The catholic church has become disturbed when learning of strange goings-on in the Australian wilderness. Not what you might think; a painter has three models posing in the nude. The church sends a priest accompanied by his wife to investigate. The priest is played by Hugh Grant, at his best since "4 Weddings . . . ." and his wife is Tara Fitzgerald. If you haven't seen her or don't recognise the name she is one of Britain's better actresses. And it is the quality of the acting, the directing, the writing that make this rather inconsequential story into such an interesting film. The story is very loosely based on the life of painter Norman Lindsay. There is nudity (male and female) but it's tasteful, and the setting for it looks like the Garden of Eden. The humour though often clashes with a film which is also trying to take the theme of religious suppression seriously. While the priest is a typical tight-lipped Englishman his wife has fewer inhibitions and has a night of passion with a rather elusive handyman. We see him first hopping from rock to rock while the women are bathing naked in a lake. This is accepted by them because he is supposed to be blind and even speaking impaired. But nothing is straightforward and you may like the mystery and contradictions or see them as a weakness in the film.

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