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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.
Each frame was stimulating, pure poetry. I felt as if I was viewing a never ending Poynter painting. Watching Picnic at Hanging Rock feels close to what I'd imagine being able to view a dream would be like. This film is something that should be admired as you would admire a piece of art in a museum, any other expectations for it would leave you let down and this film is too precise to not be marveled at.
Film #24 of May 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #26. An Australian horror film
Okay, it's not quite a horror film, but this came up when I googled Australian horror films, and it's still pretty creepy, so I'm keeping it in this category.
Very atmospheric and mesmerizing for good parts of the film. It's during the parts that the characters were experiencing absolute terror were the best parts of the film. It was then that the score was incredible and made things so tense, I couldn't get over it. It was during all of the other parts that I was like, okay we get it you're freaking out, but is there more to this mystery and more importantly, the freaky-deeky atmosphere?
It reminded me a lot of The Virgin Suicides, but less of the boy narratives and Kathleen Turner.
Una de las obras más enigmáticas de todos los tiempos. Jovencitas engullidas por una roca como si fueran atraídas por el lado oscuro. Y nada más... Puro enigma, voluptuosidad, belleza y duermevela. Fascinante es poco.
I had put off watching this because I had heard so often that it's pretty boring and vague. It kind of is... Sorry.
Gorgeous and terrifying, with every sun-drenched shot having the weight of prophecy or myth, to the point where there's almost a sense of dread to the girls washing their faces with water where flowers are soaking. No matter how many gloves or corsets they wear, the characters aren't separate from the landscape, and Weir aptly conveys the feeling of an immense, ancient, and fundamentally alien place that doesn't care about its inhabitants.
Film #29 of my May 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #26 - An Australian horror film
I dont know if there was something i was supposed to get, but i didnt get it. I got a kind of Giallo feeling from this, which is something i do not enjoy at all. Little to no narrative structure, overly reliant on ambiance alone. Were it not for the music, i probably would have rated it even lower.
Movies like this do nothing for me. Nothing at all. This is the polar opposite of what i look for in a movie.
It makes me a little pissed aswell, because I was really looking forward to this.
Was everyone on drugs? The emotions were weirdly muted.
Also, fuck Edith.
"What we see and what we seem are but a dream, a dream within a dream"
Mesmerising and delicately lyrical, Peter Weir's towering achievement "Picnic at Hanging Rock" is truly one of the great pieces of the Australian New Wave.
Having grown up in the area myself, I was continually struck with a sense of awe - There's something to the rock itself that feels surreal, otherworldly - As if you've entered a space that rejects the markings of time altogether. The rock exists forever, outside regular understanding. The girls know this. They know they are doomed to disappear. It is a fate they accept, as though it has been clear to them their entire lives; every moment somehow leading…
it is horror in the purest sense
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