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Picnic at Hanging Rock
On St. Valentine's Day in 1900 a party of schoolgirls set out to picnic at Hanging Rock. ...Some were never to return.
On Saint Valentine's Day in 1900, the female students at a private Australian school are given permission by their stern headmistress to travel to an ancient volcanic outcropping for an afternoon picnic. The beautiful day turns into a nightmare when a few among them, including the beautiful and enigmatic Miranda, vanish without explanation on Hanging Rock.
Read any review for Peter Weir’s mesmerising masterpiece, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and you will see the words haunting, dream-like and enigmatic appear time and again. They are vague and uncertain descriptions but perfectly apt for a film that is elusive, ambiguous and rich in symbolism, complexity and interpretation. I have watched the film numerous times over the years (this, my first viewing in high-definition) and every time I am surprised by the new things I find, the new interpretations I dream up and the mixed emotions the film manages to evoke.
On Valentine’s Day in 1900, a school trip to Victoria’s Hanging Rock turns to disaster when three students and their teacher disappear without trace. Whilst sounding like the…
There's something so unique with the Peter Weir directed mystery film, Picnic at Hanging Rock, that just hearing the title makes three adjectives spring to mind. Haunting, eerie and encapsulating. Peter Weir is the Aussie director who went on to direct Dead Poets Society and The Truman Show and he has based the story on the notoriously famed Joan Lindsay novel by the same name, which together with this film spawned an ongoing urban legend and cemented Hanging Rock's position as an Australian landmark.
The story takes place in the year 1900 and is quite simply about three girls from the private boarding school, Appleyard College who wanders of during a field trip to the mountain, Hanging Rock and mysteriously…
Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock is a mystical and beautiful film that I failed to connect to completely.
Set in Australia in 1900 and centred around a real life mysterious disappearance of three girls and one teacher, it explores the nature of said disappearance and the effect it had on the school and the community.
The first act had me glued to the screen. The attention given to creating a convincing depiction of the time period is something I always respect and admire. When the group of young women arrive at the rock for the picnic, Weir manages to create a sense of unease and mystery that transfixes and intrigues. He almost makes the rock a character, a mystical force…
"This we do for pleasure, so that we may shortly be at the mercy of venomous snakes and poisonous ants."
The above quote from Picnic At Hanging Rock is the type of device that you see used a lot in mystery and thriller films especially, and it's a device I don't much care for.
It's usually such an unsubtle and clumsy way of setting up some drama to come, usually the antithesis of what is being stated by way of wanting to prove that character and his or her thoughts wrong, quite often as a method as marking them out as an antagonist. In a film like this, such a technique should be maddening as this is quite clearly not…
It's been ages since I've seen this film, and I was struck by how many other movies it reminded me of as I was re-watching it -- the dreamy, languorous depiction of the girls brought to mind "The Virgin Suicides" (even their costumes were similar); the ominous droning or humming of the soundtrack made me think of similar sounds in "Under the Skin"; and the scenes shot at hanging rock itself brought to mind the original "Wicker Man" (RIP Christopher Lee : / ) and even the Scottish horror film "The Descent," with all those crevices and the female bonding.
Much ado has been made about "Picnic at Hanging Rock"'s unresolved ending, but personally I love it. Some films warrant,…
Review In A Nutshell:
Another film that I immediately dismissed in my initial viewing, finding myself in a state of frustration on the film’s ambiguous and atmospheric approach, unable to provide even the slightest on what a definitive conclusion might be. I decided to return to this film soon due to the fact that it has lingered in my mind, questioning myself on whether I misjudged the film too fast before at least another viewing and time to contemplate on the film’s tragic event.
Now that I have gone through the film for the second time, did I finally find the conclusion that I previously desired? No,…
Picnic at Hanging Rock es una de las pocas películas que describe de una manera exacta e increíble el género misterio, lo describe además ligada a una cinematografía magistral y música clásica y algunas tonadas de flauta de pan, para crear una atmósfera que estoy seguro no olvidaré.
Es increíble como es capaz de hipnotizar al espectador desde las acertadas tomas iniciales, hasta su final. Estamos frente a una pequeña obra maestras que desde ya se une a mis favoritas, sobretodo de los 70. Me encanta en el aspecto de que nunca se basa en horrorizar mostrando imágenes como muchas películas fallan, sino que dejan la libre interpretación de lo que pudo pasar y es ahí donde nace ese horror…
die gesamte ästhetik gefiel mir nicht.
diese unausstehliche panflötenmusik.
und die story ist auch eher lazy als mysteriös.
alles nicht so meins und sehr willkürlich.
ohne punkt und komma.
of nervous breakdowns and pan flute music.
I seem to be going against the general consensus, but I really struggled to get into PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK. It's not that I'm opposed to strange, ethereal, dream-like films. On paper, the story of a group of missing schoolchildren against a backdrop of repressed Victorian society clashing with harsh Australian wilderness sounds like something I might enjoy, but in execution I just found the film utterly lacking in urgency.
The languid pace and aimless narrative direction made the thing feel a bit of a slog, and I found my mind wandering, drawn enough out of the story to be asking questions to myself like, "Why does everyone in this film talk in a breathless whisper?" And in the moments…
I really enjoyed the first act of the film. When the girls arrive at the rock, the scenes of them exploring and right up until they go missing...I really liked all of this. It was spooky, dream-like and pretty unsettling. Some of the shots really reminded me of David Lynch's early work too, particularly the close-ups of the flies crawling all over various things. It was set up nicely, had built up a great sense of dread and felt very atmospheric....but then it just lost me.
I felt that it meandered after that, lost a fair bit of its intrigue and suffered from some pacing issues. It just seemed to go down a different path after the initial disappearance and I found the rest a bit dull from that point.
I'll take the first part of the film on its own as something I enjoyed, but after that it just wasn't for me.
Eerie, sensual & richly textured. Moody & atmospheric drenched in sun.
A very strange film that has a great exposition and build-up, and ultimately goes nowhere. The first third or so, up until the girls go missing, is very spooky and well put together, and it sets a definite mood. But then the film goes off the rails, going through so many pointless sub-plots that make no sense and have no connection to the central theme. If the film had continued along the path that the beginning set down, it would have been a very weird, mysterious, and well-done movies, but, instead, it's quite disappointing.
I don't know what happened, but I won't soon forget it.
Enigmatic doesn't begin to describe this strange film. A bizarre, haunting work that marries the period drama with the surreal, with a plot similar to that of L'avventura. The actors all give serviceable performances to a good script, but what elevates this film is Weir's use of cinematography, score, and the natural formation of Hanging Rock in order to create an ominous mood throughout and his dissection of sexual needs and the effect of the inexplicable upon a whole town and school. A film that I must see again.
If your idea of a great horror movie is blood, monsters and jump scares, then this movie is not for you. And if you like your plots wrapped up with a nice little bow, then this is definitely not for you. But if you want a beautifully made movie where the horror is more in your mind than on the screen, and that asks more deep, thought-provoking questions than it answers, then this one is for you.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…