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Set in the late-nineteenth century, an Anglican minister (Hugh Grant) and his wife (Tara Fitzgerald) are sent to a small town in Australia to convince a painter (Sam Neill) to withdraw some controversial paintings from an upcoming exhibit. When the local train is derailed, the couple, who lovingly refer to each other as Pooh and Piglet, spend a few days longer than anticipated with the painter, his wife, his models (one of them played by a voluptuous Elle Macpherson), and his mysteriously blind handyman. While the minister and the painter engage in heated debates about art and religion, particularly the image of the female nude, the minister's wife embarks upon her own exploration of forbidden sensuality and fantasy in this Australian version of the Garden of Eden. Prepare to be seduced.