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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,…
Well, that was mystifying.....
No rating for this one, I have no idea how I feel about it.
Great atmosphere and cinematography, though I was hoping a little more... punch.
This is a gorgeous slow burn of a film done right by Criterion Collection. It's really well done. Acted well, beautifully shot, and a really interesting story. This is a rich mystery that doesn't serve you resolution on a silver platter so be warned. It is for sure a must see of Australian cinema, actually a must see film period.
Preconceptions: the Australian film for my World in Cinema Challenge. This was by far the easiest selection for any of the countries so far; the synopsis on top of rave reviews was too much to pass up on. The idea of a dreamlike mystery centered around schoolgirls reminds me not too vaguely of multiple anime I've watched recently, notably Higurashi and Clannad, the latter of which I'm currently half way through and of which I'm loving every minute.
I'm also getting vague hints of The Falling, which I gave a mixed review upon first watch but which has left an increasingly positive impression. There's just something about the combination of youth and mystery that creates a powerful atmosphere - perhaps…
This film is notable for being the first widely seen film from the great director Peter Weir and secondly for being the first Australian movie to get a wide international audience. The film is set in Australia circa 1900 and deals with a girls boarding school placed on the threshold of the Outback. As the title suggests, the girls go on a picnic in, you guessed it, the hanging rock (which was sort of an odd rock formation in the middle of a desert). The trip goes awry when four of the students seem to go into a trance, walk off, and disappear.
That’s an intriguing set up, but the movie famously offers no resolution to the situation, most of…
La exuberancia del paisaje australiano jamás ha provocado tal inquietud y terror cósmico. Hipnótica y contenida, y aún más sobrecogedora cuando uno comprueba la fidelidad con la que la película retrata unos hechos que siguen sin explicación más de un siglo después. Me ha encantado toparme con Jacki Weaver y el psicópata de Wolf Creek de jovenzuelos.
I have a feeling that I'll have to watch this more than once to fully appreciate it.
It looks beautiful but the atmosphere didn't really get at me until the last 20 minutes. There's a lot going on, but I couldn't engage with it for large parts of the movie.
dreamy and idyllic then ominous and brooding. very interestingly shot and enjoyable.
Super eerie and haunting, a movie that will stay in your thoughts days after you've seen it. Absolutely beautiful cinematography, a score that really adds to the aura of the film. Really good and spooky, and you can recognize a lot of modern films that have been inspired by Picnic At Hanging Rock, especially The Virgin Suicides (1999). The movies are so similar in the way they feel and look, so if you liked The Virgin Suicides, you will love this.
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