Deep in the heart of hanging rock there are impenetrable mysteries; mysteries of unknown pleasures and dangers and understandings not yet discovered by the young women who get lost their. It’s a film of elusiveness and mysticism, with an always out of reach/out of sight truth just beyond the next corner and crag of the rock and of the movie. It’s beautiful and haunting and unknowable.
For an audience weaned on modern movies, a film that raises questions but refuses to answer them may be a frustrating experience. However, this is a mystery best not solved. If you are willing to be transported to this lyrical and mystical world, much like the missing girls of Hanging Rock, then it is a beguiling two hours that is impossible to forget.
"I know that Miranda is a Botticelli angel." A film that is meant to evoke a feeling, with little else but costume, soundtrack (bliss), and cinematography to sustain it (to make it float!). The plot looms weird and forbidden in the background like a piece of black sheer fabric. I really loved everything about this. I love being made to feel this candylike strange, which seems for me to feel more natural than comfort.
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.
This movie has a lot of great stuff in it. The visual aspect of this film is fantastic. The images are quite haunting, and the cinematography, music and sound design are the key players here. The movie kind of reminded me of a Bergman film. It's a conventional story, but not told in a very conventional way. I must say that it suffers from a lack of narrative drive and when it wasn't being driven by visuals, its dry.
The second half lacks focus, meandering from scene to scene, although it too has moments of visual greatness. It's the first half that is mesmerizing, haunting, surreal, and simply beautiful. However, what's impressive about the whole film is the subtle air of violence throughout. The ending keeps you guessing in a good way, and your imagination is the worst when you know that anything at all could have happened.