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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…
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…
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,…
Surreal and haunting, Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock is captivating and engaging - the camerawork takes cues from horror films, the musical score is eerie and a bit anachronistic, and the acting performances border on the melodramatic. The overall effect is a film that is odd and disjointed, but purposely so. Like Fargo, there's an argument to be made about the merits of positioning the film as fact when it's not, but that shouldn't take away from your enjoyment.
Edith, you are the worst.
The last few minutes of this film must be one of the most hypnotic, eerie finale i have ever experienced in a film. What i enjoyed most about the film is that there is no explanation or revealing of the truth.
I must say i had to research to find out if this was real and admit that i was so relieved that this is based on fiction. Just like the 'blair witch project' i was afraid it was the truth.
This movie is praised from everyone...except me! I was so bored. I'll give it two stars for some great visuals. I'm sure there is a good movie here, but I just can't find it.
My Favourite Aussie film and one of the few movies that genuinely affects me.
Beautifully shot with a haunting score that is as effective as the score in Jaws.
I'm never one to believe the 'Based on True Story' at the start of movies but apparently this is. Which makes the movie all the more haunting.
So fucking good. Haunting, evocative, elliptical without ever seeming obtuse. I'll be adding this one to my collection for sure.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?"
I was first introduced to the film Picnic at Hanging Rock through my mother, who had found it on TV one day. As we watched it together, there was something about it that stuck with me for days after it. It has a certain haunting quality that one wouldn't expect from a film with such a benign title, but it took me a while to shake it. I've found it still has the same effect each time I've revisited it as well.
The premise is rather straight forward. A group of young women go on a picnic, along with one of their teachers Miss McCraw (played by…
As an Australian Filmmaker i find that Picnic at Hanging Rock is a film you must adore unflinchingly but it is definitely not one of the best Weir films.
The film does capture the eeriness of the Australian landscape quite well and does give us intrigue which helps us watch the whole film but it doesn't give enough for one to be fulfilled after the viewing.
after like one third of the movie, four girls in victorian dresses fall asleep in the shadow of a mountain and the moment is so mesmerisingly peaceful that i dont even remember what happens after that. every movie needs more sleepy victorian girls, no offence
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…