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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,…
Peter Weir has an incredible knack for the creation of an eerie atmosphere. At Hanging Rock, every shot foreshadows the tragic fall of innocence and purity. The enormous, imposing rock-faces are shot like the villains, the otherworldly powers that manipulate the fates of the young girls in white. In combination with some clever editing and the unsettling continuation of letting the mysteries stay mysterious, this straightforward story lives in a bleak, dark world and brings out some real suspense and a presence of unseen evils that could be around the corner.
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Overall Enjoyment 7/10
wow! wow. i'd been excited to watch this for quite some time, despite knowing almost nothing about its plot - it's been referenced hugely in and in regards to films, texts, etc. that i enjoy (and ones that i don't - sofia coppola digs this movie a lot, i'm sure) so i was interested to to see how i'd find it. and i loved it! i loved it. it was totally fascinating me and beautifully made. i love the way its performances are ever so slightly theatrically heightened in moments, the potential readings, subtexts and symbolism you can take from it, how its unease is so tangible that often it becomes something close to a horror film. the way i…
Ich kann gut nachvollziehen, warum Nemo Munch diesen Film als Lieblingsfilm bezeichnet, aber es ist kein Film für mich.
Picnic at Hanging Rock beginnt mit der Suggestion, dass es sich um ein wahres Ereignis handelt, das sorgt für enorm viel Spannung. Leider sind aber die Dialoge schwach: Es gibt kaum zusammenhängende Gespräche, sondern viel assoziative Verlautbarungen. Obendrein gibt es einen üblen Bruch mit Show don’t tell. Das Blocking wiederum exzellent und zu guter Letzt gelingt es dem Film, Felsen gruselig aussehen zu lassen.
Etwas ausführlicher habe ich das in einer kurzen Spätfilm-Folge dargelegt:
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Juggles many a mystery and reveals little to no answers to any of them. This is mostly fine as the common problem in this type of movie is what happens when specific answers are delivered. It's rarely satisfying. Here, the uncertainty is alive and very much an important element in the narrative, necessary in fact.
It may not be a horror movie, but it has a tone of fear and darkness rumbling throughout. It may not be a thriller, but there is, for much of it, a countdown to a time when efforts to solve the problems is no longer possible. It may not be a straight drama, but the glimpses into the lives of each person connected, even tangentially,…
Beautifully photographed mystery but also a horror film about going to private school in Australia at the beginning of the 20th century.
Didn't quite go where I hoped it would. First half at Hanging Rock is spellbinding stuff, though.
Beautiful, haunting, enigmatic--so... throw in a few hip rock songs, and Sophia Coppola basically banked her whole career on this film's aesthetic, right?
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