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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,…
Baseado no romance homónimo de Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock é uma obra ímpar, dotada de uma beleza visual sem precedentes. Peter Weir conseguiu criar uma atmosfera de mistério e drama assente em planos e diálogos carregados de simbolismo, que aproximam o filme do seu público. O realizador australiano aborda temas como a dor, sensibilidade, fragilidade e inocência com mestria, justificando-se a razão pela qual esta obra de arte é tida como influente nos trabalhos de muitos outros cineastas.
Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of the earliest films in the director’s filmography but you would be forgiven for thinking this was made by a seasoned master. The story of a group of Australian school girls who go missing while on a day trip to an ominous rock formation, Weir’s almost dream-like story telling refuses to give comfort throughout the picture. Hanging Rock never gives off a sense of ease, as once the girls vanish without trace, the tension is ratcheted up to eleven and stays that way.
Based on a novel by Joan Lindsay and adapted by screenwriter Cliff Green, Weir’s mystery/thriller features great performances from the young cast of actresses but special note should be…
Great movie with some beautiful dream-like sequences. If only we knew what happened.
SAW: at home
This will probably haunt me for the days to come. Slow pace but beautifully made. Can't stop thinking about it.
When it comes to making an abstract film, there's a lot of risk. One could end up making one of the most artistically brilliant films ever made while, at the same time, the abstract messages could end up being lost in translation for those that have a difficult time picking up on the subtle messages. I happen to be one of those people as I felt the second half of the film, which is when the abstractness of the story takes over, completely lost me. This is not to say that the film is bad overall. I quite enjoyed the first half as it presented an interesting mystery as to what happened to these girls that went missing. Halfway through…
A film that works on so many levels. Its about female sexuality - its power and our fear o and oppression of it, and about colonialism and the white fear of the Australian landscape. Its ambiguous, and unresolved and dares to be a horror film without an antagonist.
Pure drivel. The visual embodiment of the pan flute merged with an Australian after school special.
Along with The Spirit of the Beehive, Blade Runner, and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, this is one of a handful of films that consistently bowl me over with sheer visual beauty. Picnic at Hanging Rock is a simply gorgeous film, a masterpiece of quiet lyricism and evocative naturalism, which Weir uses masterfully to underline his central mystery; so many of the shots here are mysteries in themselves, questions I'll never be able to answer. The first shot of The Rock, rising out of the mist full of nameless threat, is exemplary. So many questions raised, so few answers to be found.
It surprises me every time I come to this that the disappearance comes a mere half hour…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…