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Picnic at Hanging Rock
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…
A film that is highly praised by many unfortunately I do not belong to this group! While I enjoyed the scenery and the illusion that something mystical or something beyond this world may or may not be involved was for the most part semi intriguing but in the end there just wasn't enough substance to grab me!
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…
I've had this one on my radar for a loooong ass time. The plot was always interesting to me (schoolgirls go missing at a mysterious natural location) but the combination of it being hard to find and my crippling laziness always came in tween me and the film
I finally watched Picnic at Hanging Rock tonight and while it wasn't everything I hoped it would be as a whole, it still turned out to be as mysterious as I expected.
The plot, like I mentioned above, centers around a group of young women from the Appleyard College who take a much anticipated field trip to a natural…
L'Avventura in the Outback, all sweltering repression that bursts from the edges and suggests that the only ways to deal with it in such a society is to be halfway institutionalized or to vanish off the face of the Earth altogether.
This film is visual poetry. Seriously, the cinematography is gorgeous and evocative, as is the story it tells. There is no resolution other than the effect the central mystery has on the people that must deal with its fallout, and that is more than enough. Burgeoning sexuality, close bonds between young people, and the restrictive universe of aristocratic society mingle to create a movie rich in themes that is both beautiful to look at and nightmarish as well. Peter Weir would revisit some of this thematic material in Dead Poet's Society, but Picnic at Hanging Rock is the much more interesting and mystical film out of the two (and it doesn't suffer from the scenery chewing of Robin Williams). The narration at the end breaks the spell somewhat, and I was much less interested in the subplot involving the rich young man who travels up to the rock out of obsession, but overall, this was excellent.
I'll probably be watching this one again (multiple times) so this is not the final verdict but it was definitely one of the better movies I watched last year. But I love movies where you never find out. Books, too. Those are the best because you don't ever stop thinking about it.
Peter Weir isn't Nicolas Roeg. He just isn't.
"There's some questions got answers and some haven't."
I read the book about a month ago in prep of the movie. It's a dreamy, strange book that is even more ominous and dreamy as a movie. Mysterious at every turn. Shot in a gauzy, smokey haze of memory and legend. it's a truly Aussie movie. A group of girls go on a picnic from school in 1900 on St. Valentine's day. Three of them go missing at Hanging rock and everything falls apart. It's got hysteria, dreams, strange barefoot slow motion.
Ultimately, you need to surrender to its other-worldly pacing. It's even better when reading.
They do that thing that Texas Chain Saw Massacre does -- telling us that this is a statement of fact - a true story, which draws you in even more, forcing you to wonder what really happened at Hanging Rock. But if you're looking for answers, the only ones you will find are in the dream logic of the movie.
Opium for the eyes.
Despite it's haunting themes, eerie score and disturbing plot, Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of the most relaxing and etheral experiences I've ever seen.
The obvious themes of sexual repression/awakening are there if you want to try to make sense of it all, but I felt the film worked best for me as an enigma.
Much like the girls in the film, we have entered a strange place and will feel powerful forces all around us. We can either go with it, abandoning all rational thought, giving into our instincts and letting it wash over us, or we can become frustrated and frightened by the unknown.
I let it wash over me and I'm a…
An exceptionally well constructed slow burning mystery. It managed to get under my skin quite a bit which is pretty rare for any horror film. Parts of it tend to meander which made me knock a star off it's score, but otherwise a well told mystery.
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