Movies that are slightly off.
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…
The outdoors as labyrinth with no exit, vast landscapes empty even before the girls disappear... something tonally similar to L'Avventura, slowly disappearing down its own wormhole until the wormhole disappears leaving nothing but The Void.
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,…
Com certeza, o filme que eu mais gostei de ter visto esse ano. Caramba.
Eu fui dormir pensando nele, acordei pensando nele. Eu quero continuar pensando nele. Não porque ele é confuso. Ele é um mistério, e mistérios precisam não só de lógica, eles precisam de um pouco da pessoa.
E Picnic na Montanha Misteriosa é um mistério que revela muito mais quem você é. Eu quero voltar pra Hanging Rock muitas vezes.
The entire picnic sequence is a wonderfully tasteful daydream and the rest of the film ain't too bad either
i still love this a lot, but there's no denying parts of the 2nd half drag a little bit, mostly the parts with michael and albert.
i watched this back-to-back with Todd Haynes' Safe and the themes of societal repression were even more palpable.
love me that australian gothic.. improved if u have visited hanging rock itself the day u watch the film
A little too restrained for its own good. All of the sexual anxieties and other forms of hysteria did not register clearly enough for me. Teorema and Black Narcissus convey that successfully because they show people leering at each other. The lust is palpable. Still, despite its shaky bedrock, Picnic at Hanging Rock is a rather cohesive fusion of Bergman-esque choices and Antonioni-esque choices while being warmer and more mystical than either. The film's most effectively explored theme is the alienation of having European blood and obeying European customs while inhabiting a strange land on the far side of the world, but all we get to see are the white people. So both topics of alienation of the body from…
Slightly dated but still effective.
Watched on TCM. I last saw this film 20 years ago while in college. It made a strong impression on me then. The misty images, ethereal music, and mysterious story felt otherworldly, like a beautiful dream. It still holds some of that effect but I found myself bristling at some of the techniques used. Things like superimpositions and the audio soundscapes keep the film very much a product of the 70s. This of course isn't a bad thing; it speaks more to my faulty memory of the movie than the quality of the movie itself.
It's interesting looking back. Peter Weir represented a very high mark for prestige directors when I was a young man. But as time has gone on I seldom find myself seeking out any of his films to re-watch. I'd say this and Fearless are the only two I still hold a fondness for.
excellent and elegant period pic from master Aussie director Peter Weir
well, this is one of the prettiest movies ever. and one of the most tonally odd. 10/10 shots and aesthetic wew
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