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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…
The ghost is the location itself in this film hidden behind veils, not shy but cunningly ambiguous. Obstructed sceneries, the ominous rock blocking half of the sky, faces embedded in these walls made of stone, holes as eyes forever screaming, the clouds are halos without owners, abandoned by angels.
Like the villagers we search forever, restlessly clawing for clues, scratching our fingers and breaking our nails. In one crucial moment our girl turned her head and smiled towards the camera, can you believe it, she bid farewell with her eyes, to us or to reality itself? Who knows but Miranda.
Should this be labeled as horror? I think yes. The music and filter suggest something supernatural working behind the scenes but my stomach fell when I learned that the film provides no solid answers, the sinister atmosphere is already unpleasant enough, now they leave this -- gap -- in me. Only Miranda knows the truth.
"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…
Well, that was mystifying.....
No rating for this one, I have no idea how I feel about it.
lovely and subtly eerie, but hard for me to connect to on more than an aesthetic level.
A ghost story without the ghost. A chilling tale set at the dawn of the 20th Centery following three school girls and a teacher who disappear on a school outing that thrusts a school with many secrets into the attention of the world.
The film is presented very much as a stranger than fiction story, despite entirely fictious, it somewhat feels very much of a time and a place due to it's unanswered questions. Everything in fact feels a bit too neat, as if the stars had aligned and we are witnessing something that can't be fully understood. The first thirty minutes of the film are pretty much perfect. The way the cliff top is photographed alludes a monolithic stature,…
This movie really toes the line of horror. The score really puts you on edge when you aren't expecting it and the cinematography, especially the scenes at Hanging Rock, perfectly addresses the fear and anxiety underlying the plot. Although it may not be read as a "horror" movie, it certainly teases at the genre with its chilling and inconclusive story.
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I want to sue the person who recommended this in the article I read while searching for movies.
Well this was a boring, weird but not in a cool way movie. I had to torture myself to keep watching it and finish it, because I always try to finish a movie and because there was supposed to be at least some... ending. Or a conclusion. Or action. Or explanation. Or a freaking point. Instead of any of that, the story went from being about the disappearance of the three females to the Sarah chick who has nothing to do with it and had zero development overall and what the hell. I get that if this was based on a true…
Watched the Criterion version.
This film is beautiful and has an absolutely masterful soundtrack, and objectively speaking I feel like this film is almost flawless. Personally, however, I found the first half to be far more enjoyable than the second. This is again, just a personal preference, and despite my issues with the narrative in the second half, the cinematography remains incredible throughout.
This movie felt like a fever dream in the best way possible.
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Okay every single review I've read has basically said it's fine to be unsatisfied so here I am, [Angelica Schuyler voice] (un)Satisfied re: the narrative but strangely fulfilled in terms of "feeling". It's one of those films that dips into a point in time and refuses to unpack the mystery, insisting that either human nature or magic or Actual Mystical Nature might be the cause of those disappearances. It's a dream turned unsettling nightmare; juuust a little off that you feel uncomfortable, but definitely nothing truly horrific, in my opinion. This is both languid and a little stressful, but the overall effect is relaxation - which then reveals itself to be problematic and creepy.
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