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Sirens

Elle Macpherson , Sam Neill  |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Elle Macpherson, Sam Neill, Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate Films
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006U83OY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,658 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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142 of 159 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Spoiler alert: You might not want to read the following if you haven't seen the movie yet.
Most of the reviews of Sirens at Amazon focus on Elle, the nudity in the movie, and themes surrounding the Church's stance against freedom of expression. A few reviewers have touched intelligently on some of the biblical, Atlantean, and Homeric symbolism that suffuses the movie.
Only one reviewer, who happened not to like the film, touched on what I consider to be one of the most telling elements of the story: that Tara Fitzgerald's character Estella cheats on her husband, Hugh Grant. The reviewer thinks this is a problem, and it is, because Estella is a clergyman's wife. This should require some explaining, as Estella changes a great deal in a short amount of time during the film.
The cover of the movie shows Hugh Grant and Elle McPherson in poses suggesting a light-hearted romantic comedy. The movie is actually completely about Tara Fitzgerald's character's journey. What are the clues? The movie starts with Estella both flirting with and rebuffing a sailor on an ocean liner. Hugh Grant is not in the scene at all.
The movie follows Estella much more closely than any of the other characters and at key moments we even see hallucinations as Estella sees them: when she imagines herself naked in church and most importantly, when she "dreams" that the sirens are baptizing her (with water that turns to blood, no less, at which point she "wants to wake up") toward the end of the movie. The offensive painting for which Estella and her husband travel to Sam Neill's house shows a woman crucified in Christ's place, signalling that the female lead, not the male, is the protagonist.
But is the movie about Estella's sexual awakening? Not really.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The minister, his wife, and four nude models January 10, 2001
Format:DVD
SIRENS, released in 1993, is a beguiling film that pokes fun at the sexual repression that may result from an overactive religious zeal. Hugh Grant, as the Anglican minister Anthony Champion newly arrived in early 20th century Australia, is asked by the bishop to pay a call on a local artist, Norman Lindsay, and to beseech him to withdraw from exhibition a painting considered scandalous. Horror of horrors, it includes bare-naked ladies.
Anthony and his young spouse Estella, played by Tara Fitzgerald, arrive at Lindsay's estate to find the artist, portrayed by Sam Neill, busily painting away. Norman's earthy wife and three resident female models serve as his inspiration, and clothing on the four is, more oft than not, unabashedly optional. This in-your-face display of live, nubile flesh leaves the Reverend rather tongue-tied and confused (as only Grant can play it). At first, wife Estella shares her husband's righteous indignation. Then, the lush, humid, tropical surroundings and free-spirited lifestyle of the Lindsay estate, along with the presence of a hunky handyman, begin to work their liberating magic on her repressed desires. (A very nice touch is the representation of Temptation as a large serpent that slithers through occasional scenes unnoticed by anyone but the viewer.)
It all sounds potentially raunchy, but never is. Rather than being a manipulative, licentious debauchee, Neill's on-screen persona is one of an amused, live and let live observer of human nature - a sort of detached Hugh Hefner. There's an abundance of casual nudity, but it's almost artistically presented. The sexual nature of a couple scenes is more sensuous than bawdy. And, one of this film's undeniable attractions is real-life model Elle MacPherson, who plays the role of one of the uninhibited SIRENS, and who shows an eyeful. Boy, does she ever. It's an amusing and well-done adult, fairy tale.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great symbolism June 10, 2006
Format:DVD
If you concentrate on the sexual tension in this movie, you'll miss the wonderful symbolism (snake in the garden, blind man, angels, etc.). This is a whimsical story of temptation, love, acceptance and many more of life's twisted paths. Very seductive and entertaining. An added bonus was the fact that Elle had to gain a little weight so she had a stomach, for the artist portrayed in the movie painted 'natural' female nudes, rather than the twiggy thin models that most women never aspire to without starvation. Loved it!

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and sensual at the same time May 2, 2002
Format:DVD
Most reviews like this movie for good reason, but there are many details that nobody mentions which are an important reason why this movie works so well. It should be required viewing for every subsequent generation of film-makers.
There are too many wonderful things to explore in this movie than can be covered in an Amazon review, but here are a few. Why is the opening boat sequence shot in black and white, when the rest of the movie is in lush color? Do you understand the snake metaphor? (It shows up once in reference to Stella and once in reference to Stella and twice more.) Stella loans Giddy her wedding ring to fool Devlin, but what more than that does it represent?
Sam Neill and Hugh Grant are perfect as opponents together; but the story isn't about them. Stella makes the journey in this story, and if the result is a bit predictable it is so well done that it doesn't matter.
Also it is interesting to see a then-versus-now comparison of Portia de Rossi (Giddy) who grew up to play Nell on Ally McBeal. There's a lot of talent there that seems to have not been used enough.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I really enjoyed the movie because I love Portia! It is a little odd though lol
Published 17 days ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Sirens
Great film with the beautiful Elle MacPherson in it.
Published 1 month ago by beatcall
5.0 out of 5 stars Sultry Elle!!
While Sam Niel and Hugh Grant are accomplished thespians, the main "draw" of the present film is Elle MacPherson taking a crack @ acting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Elle MacPhearson
The scenes where Elle MacPhearson is naked are worth enough for buying this movie, she is an incredible beautiful woman. The movie include many famous actors and actresses.
Published 2 months ago by Jose A. Raynal V
4.0 out of 5 stars Adding to collection
I saw this movie years ago and it stuck in my mind. Had to purchase it to see why I remembered it. It is ok, not as good as I remembered, but still viewable.
Published 2 months ago by S. Hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually beautiful, intellectually invigorating
Beautifully filmed in Australia, "Sirens" is a creative study of sexuality and morality. Fantasy and reality collide within the lives of the characters, while questions of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars power of a Womens body
this starts off with a priest and his humble wife that has to travel to London for
the church.
they decide to spend a few days at a friends house because the train they... Read more
Published 3 months ago by sefriendlyguy
5.0 out of 5 stars charming
if you like Portia del Rossi, Elle McPherson running around naked (among others) you can envy Hugh Grant for more than the usual reasons(good looks, charm, and wit).
Published 3 months ago by sapo45
3.0 out of 5 stars Sirens reviewed.
Twice during the viewing the screen tended to red verse the normal coloration. Other than the color issue Sirens arrived on time at the price agreed to. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rich Fraher
4.0 out of 5 stars Traditional values strained
Ok, the nudes are lovely. But if that's all you want, you're missing an entertaining slice of real life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Overall
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