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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.
The first third looks and feels so much like a classic European art film, like Bergman or Tarkovsky. Once the disappearance happens it suddenly shifts and becomes, as much as I hate this word, more like gossamer. It beautiful and interesting, but I can't remember the exact form or shape; the precise details aren't crystallized in my mind, I only remember the broad strokes, the general shape and feel.
Shout out to The Leftovers!
It was better this time
i thought this would be right up my alley but man did it not do it for me. not one to complain about a floaty plot that doesnt feel particularly grounded, but i really did not feel drawn to empathize with the characters or plot of the film, and in turn the intense emotionality of it felt silly and contrived. yes it can be beautiful to look at times, but it's a period piece set in the australian countryside, of course it is. there was nothing exceptional about it, which is okay, and i love simply made films that strive for atmosphere more than anything else, but i didnt feel like it achieved the subtleness that i think was intended and which would have worked so well for a film like this.
languid, dreamlike, hypnotic; I loved the motif of the ticking clocks of the outside world juxtaposed with the timelessness — in the sense of being outside of time — that characterizes hanging rock. I've read the book and so the plot offered me no major surprises, but the visuals and music were stunning.
There's just something so mysterious about Australian films and I LOVE it. Keep doing what you're doing Australia.
So rich with subtle details, thematic refrains, allusions and arresting images that rewatching isn't just encouraged, it's necessary. Putting together the scant puzzle pieces seems to create even more puzzle pieces, yet there is just enough order to imply an underlying logic that keeps managing to slip out of the viewer's grasp. Be it a metaphysical force a million years old or the kind of logic that never exists outside of a dream, it matters very little. This isn't a mystery in the traditional whodunit sense, it's about humanity struggling against the arbitrary nature of its own existence. The all-time greatest mystery, as innately unsolvable as what happened to the missing liberated schoolgirls. Maybe call it a "whydunit" or "howdunit".…
MIRANDA ... MIRANDAAAA - where have you gone you glamorous nymph!!!
Like the spirits of Hanging Rock, the movie pulls you in and never let's you out
The conflict between the oppressive and bigot culture and the liberating and irrational nature is skilfully represented in this atmospheric thriller.
Movies that are slightly off.