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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To everyone who knew them, the disappearance was a tragedy. To the victims, a blessing. There was simply nothing for them in this world. They always seemed out of place, out of time. Having been spirited away they no longer belong to a specific place or time but to everywhere, and to all time. Some creatures simply were not meant for this world and it is unbearable act of cruelty to forcefully keep them here.
This film has loads more intelligence than it suggests in the first 20 minutes or so. The power in the film comes from all the varied themes hinted at and not necessarily the mystery of what happens to the girls but the effects their disappearance has on the rest of the characters. You may not have any answers at the end, but it remains disturbing as long as you think about it and stays in your consciousness.
[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?