On a St. Valentine’s Day at the turn of the century, a party of girls from a strict boarding school go on an outing to Hanging Rock, a geological outcropping not far from their school. Part of the group vanish inexplicably.
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[Spoilers] A film not so much about disappearance as shrinking; the loss of cosy certainties and the loss of the centrality of people in the universe -in short, our diminution in the cosmos. But how else to explain the uncertainty of the modern age than unresolved disappearance; a void of reason that can be filled only with questions, in other words, the antithesis of finality, and death?
i have about 20 tabs open in my browser relating to this film right now. it's beautifully melancholic. although i find it loses itself in it's second half. it's probably ironic for me to say it lacks focus but i felt it wasn't aware of what makes the mystery so compelling.
Young Australian girls filmed as though for the cover of a contemporaneous British folk album. In a good way. God(s) and the devil(s) are one or more of the same thing(s). If you blink you might miss the third act. Or the epilogue or whatever. That is if blinking can stop also stop you hearing. Mostly you hear it. I like Picnic at Hanging Rock. Legendary light.
Watched this while recovering from having both gallstones and gallbladder removed, as well as acute pancreatitis. My opinion of it being one of the more disturbingly creepy films I have ever seen, may be slightly skewed from the amount of painkillers I was on.
This was a much better movie when I was 15. The second act drags and the movie doesn't really seem to know what the compelling parts of the story are. Though, the score and sound design are absolutely stellar.
The first 30 minutes are absolutely fantastic with surreal sound design and imagery that is really quite beautiful and kind of haunting. That being said, the movie never reaches the heights of the first act and could really hold my attention in the same way. There were pockets and moments of greatness but the rest of the film felt really unfocused. Good, but I just wish the rest of the film was as primal and surreal!
This is the only film that has ever scared me in a real way. I saw it over a year and a half ago but it still haunts me, the imagery is beautiful, the music is really something and the dream like nature entrances you. It's not perfect, but I feel an urge to revisit it now, when I saw it first I was afraid to go walking alone on my own for a while, in case I should get lost and never found again. A dream indeed.
The first half is perfect; moody, erotic and atmospheric. It begins like a fragmented dream with that cool soundtrack playing. But after the girls disappear it never quite reaches the same lofty heights. It left much to be desired, but it was still fascinating. In a way, it's a more accessible and warmer version of L'Avventura. On to The Last Wave!