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15th Apr '16 10:06:37 AM fearlessnikki
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* BitchAlert: Pru and Sheela.

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* ArmorPiercingResponse: Rose has one for Tony. He describes Estella as being as far removed from Lindsay's models as "animal is from vegetable". Rose's response?
--> "Which is she, Mr Campion? Animal or vegetable?"
* BitchAlert: Pru and Sheela.Sheila's introduction is being condescending to Giddy and making barbs at Estella. Pru cements it by being needlessly mean to Estella at dinner.



* CostumePorn
* EnthrallingSiren: Sheela and Pru act as these to Estella and Giddy with regards to their sexuality. Giddy references the Sirens themselves and tells Anthony and Estella about them.

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* CostumePorn
CostumePorn: Justified in this case since the models are wearing costumes for paintings of mythological creatures. They also wear them into town for fun.
* EnthrallingSiren: Sheela Sheila and Pru act as these to Estella and Giddy with regards to their sexuality. Giddy references the Sirens themselves and tells Anthony and Estella about them.



* FieryRedhead: Sheela.

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* FieryRedhead: Sheela.Sheila is a tame example. She has plenty of barbs to throw around but she doesn't have much of a temper.



* ImagineSpot: Several.

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* ImagineSpot: Several. Estella notably imagines herself playing with the village boys after the models try to do so.



* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Pru, who's full of 'information' about Communist Russia and the Industrial Revolution. She and Sheela treat Giddy as if she is this when - perhaps ironically - Giddy does know a few things.

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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: KnowNothingKnowItAll:
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Pru, who's full of 'information' about Communist Russia and the Industrial Revolution. She and Sheela treat Giddy as if she is this when - perhaps ironically - Giddy does know a few things.things.
** Hugh Grant described Tony as such - as a man who thinks he's trendy and progressive. But who would become "hopeless" once he was confronted with a naked Elle Macpherson.



* LettingHerHairDown: A variation where Estella's bobbed hair is usually shown drawn back behind her ears but when she [[spoiler: discovers herself in the painting]] it's much looser reflecting her new attitude.

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* LettingHerHairDown: LettingHerHairDown:
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A variation where Estella's bobbed hair is usually shown drawn back behind her ears but when she [[spoiler: discovers herself in the painting]] it's much looser reflecting her new attitude.



* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Deconstructed. Rose and Lindsey discuss how Pagan religions praise sexuality but the Christian church made it into a shameful thing and how it is used to make women second-class citizens. Giddy and Estella view Pru and Sheela as Whores for how they act but the film has the two of them coming to embrace their own sexuality. It's seen as a sign of positive growth when they do so. It also briefly shows that Pru and Sheela are annoyed with the way the village people look down on them.
* MeaningfulName: "Giddy" is certainly very much so. "Sheela" is also an Australian slang word for an alluring woman.

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* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Deconstructed. Rose and Lindsey discuss how Pagan religions praise sexuality but the Christian church made it into a shameful thing and how it is used to make women second-class citizens. Giddy and Estella view Pru and Sheela as Whores for how they act but the film has the two of them coming to embrace their own sexuality. It's seen as a sign of positive growth when they do so. It also briefly shows that Pru and Sheela are annoyed with the way the village people look down on them.
them. And of course Rose is still a loving wife and mother, and has no problem posing nude for paintings.
* MeaningfulName: "Giddy" is certainly very much so. "Sheela" "Sheila" is also an Australian slang word for an alluring woman.



* NippleAndDimed: Subverted in-universe where the church doesn't necessarily mind the nudity in Lindsey's paintings, only when it's coupled with other controversial subject matter.
** TruthInTelevision - at the time, nudity in paintings was fine for fairies, nymphs, goddesses, angels etc. However regular women being painted nude...big no-no.
* ObfuscatingDisability: The blind handyman can see.

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* NiceMeanAndInBetween: Giddy is the nice, Pru is the mean and Sheila is in-between.
* NippleAndDimed: Subverted in-universe where the church doesn't necessarily mind the nudity in Lindsey's Lindsay's paintings, only when it's coupled with other controversial subject matter.
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matter. TruthInTelevision - at the time, nudity in paintings was fine for fairies, nymphs, goddesses, angels etc. However regular women being painted nude...big no-no.
* ObfuscatingDisability: The blind handyman can see.see a little.



--> "They're ''very'' common"

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--> "They're ''very'' common"common."



* RunningGag: Subverted. Sheela and Giddy say their fathers were killed by sharks. When Pru starts to talk about her father's death, Estella assumes it was a shark as well. It was a boating accident. This starts a second gag however as both Pru and Sheela only ever found missing limbs of their fathers.
* SceneryPorn

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* RunningGag: Subverted. Sheela and Giddy say their fathers were killed by sharks. When Pru starts to talk about her father's death, Estella assumes it was a shark as well. It was a boating accident. This starts a second gag however as both Pru and Sheela only ever found missing limbs of their fathers.
fathers. But there is a brief clip of a shark attack in the paper, fulfiling the first gag.
* SceneryPornSceneryPorn: Some beautiful shots of Australian mountains and countryside. The final scene has a wonderful high shot of a cliff.



* WalkingShirtlessScene: Devlin.

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* WalkingShirtlessScene: Devlin.Devlin, who is frequently either shirtless or in the nude.
* WomanInWhite: Giddy's costume is a long white dress. We notably don't see her in white [[spoiler: after she poses nude]].
8th Nov '15 5:11:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* BillingDisplacement: Elle [=MacPherson=] is on the film's poster next to Hugh Grant despite her character being about fifth in terms of importance. The actual other leads Tara Fitzgerald and Sam Neil aren't on the poster at all.
** The film ''was'' promoted to a degree on the fact that [=MacPherson=], best known at the time for her appearances in the ''Magazine/SportsIllustrated'' Swimsuit Issue, is nude in it.



* WalkingShirtlessScene: Devlin.

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* WalkingShirtlessScene: Devlin.Devlin.
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9th Nov '14 9:50:07 PM lexicon
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* TheThreeFacesOfEve: Five females in the film but Estella and Giddy both play the child, Rose acts as the wife while Pru and Sheela share the seductress role.
8th Nov '14 11:31:03 AM gallium
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''Sirens'' is a 1993 drama film starring Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald and Sam Neill. It is set in Australia during the two World Wars and follows a British Anglican priest (Grant) and his wife (Fitzgerald) on holiday in Australia and asked by a bishop to visit the artist Norman Lindsey (Neill) when his paintings have been declared too vulgar and offensive to be used in an exhibition. When visiting the artist's home, the couple are baffled and almost attracted by the free and loose ways that Lindsey's models flaunt their sexuality. The film acts as a study into the psyche of Estella's mind as she fantasizes and begins to act on her impulses.

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''Sirens'' is a 1993 drama film starring Hugh Grant, Creator/HughGrant, Tara Fitzgerald and Sam Neill. It is set in Australia during the two World Wars and follows a British Anglican priest (Grant) and his wife (Fitzgerald) on holiday in Australia and asked by a bishop to visit the artist Norman Lindsey (Neill) when his paintings have been declared too vulgar and offensive to be used in an exhibition. When visiting the artist's home, the couple are baffled and almost attracted by the free and loose ways that Lindsey's models flaunt their sexuality. The film acts as a study into the psyche of Estella's mind as she fantasizes and begins to act on her impulses.
21st Jun '14 1:03:41 PM jamespolk
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* ChristmasCake: Averted. Rose is well into middle age and yet still models for her husband's paintings.
1st Apr '14 10:54:00 AM gallium
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!!! "Be seduced by these tropes":
* ActorAllusion: Beautiful Australian [=supermodel=] Elle [=MacPherson=] plays Sheela, a, well, beautiful Australian model.

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!!! !! "Be seduced by these tropes":
* ActorAllusion: Beautiful Australian [=supermodel=] Elle [=MacPherson=] plays Sheela, a, well, beautiful Australian model.
tropes":
21st Feb '14 12:35:41 PM blueranger
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* CheerfulChild: Norman and Rose's two daughters.


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* GenkiGirl: Giddy of course. Sheela is actually quite perky too.


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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Pru, who's full of 'information' about Communist Russia and the Industrial Revolution. She and Sheela treat Giddy as if she is this when - perhaps ironically - Giddy does know a few things.


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** In a straighter example, Rose's hair is seen down more often when we find out she still models for her husband's paintings.


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--> "They're ''very'' common"


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* TheThreeFacesOfEve: Five females in the film but Estella and Giddy both play the child, Rose acts as the wife while Pru and Sheela share the seductress role.


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* TwentiesBobHaircut: Estella has one but, seeing LongHairIsFeminine, it's used to illustrate her repressed nature.
18th Aug '13 5:00:36 PM JIKTV
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This was one of three films that brought Hugh Grant to the attention of American audiences. Also features Portia De Rossi in her film debut, and [=supermodel=] Elle [=MacPherson=].

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This was one of three films that brought Hugh Grant to the attention of American audiences. Also features Portia De Rossi in her film debut, and [=supermodel=] [[Creator/ElleMacPherson Elle [=MacPherson=].
[=MacPherson=]]].
15th Aug '13 9:31:58 PM JIKTV
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!! This film provides examples of:

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!! This film provides examples of:!!! "Be seduced by these tropes":
15th Aug '13 9:30:41 PM JIKTV
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[[quoteright:220:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sirensmovie_5550.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:220:"In the 1930s, an artist and his models scandalized a nation with their controversial paintings. For a young couple, meeting them was the experience of a lifetime."]]

-->"''Be seduced''"
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