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.
From the opening frames and dreamy voice-over, Picnic at Hanging Rock grabbed me and never let go. Few films have the ability to drop my jaw. This did in the first five minutes. The cinematography is masterful and the direction is perfect. The attention to detail is remarkable and the mystery will never leave my mind. Like it's characters, we will never know what happened and I love that... Simply blown away.
A wonderful and dreamy movie with so much atmosphere and subtext you have to watch it at least a couple of times to take everything in. It´s hard to really put into words how unique and special this movie is to me. Just watch it and become enthralled and haunted for the rest of your life.
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.
"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.