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Picnic at Hanging Rock [DVD] [Criterion Collection] [Region 1]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • When a group of schoolgirls from an elite Victorian finishing school embark on a Valentine's day excursion to an unusual outcropping of volcanic rock, four members of the party are drawn towards the summit, where they experience powerful forces of time, nature, and eroticism, and vanish into thin air. This meticulously crafted Australian film displays a remarkable sense of eerie foreboding and lush surrealist sensibility, which have earned it a rabid cult following.
  • Credits
    Rachel Roberts, Dominic Guard, Helen Morse, Jacki Weaver, Anne Louise Lambert
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[It] wears the brilliant obscurity of a Dickinson poem and the suggestive force of a Magritte painting....[Offers] just the perfect beauty of its puzzle..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...A hypnotic spell....A movie that is both spooky and sexy."
    New York Times

    "...Swaddling the story in an atmosphere of eerie mysticism, Weir shuts out logic and reason in favour of cloaking the tale in swooning mysticism..."
    Total Film

    "...Exquisite and seductive....Cinema at its most evocative....PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK remains a gorgeous-looking, superbly wrought cinema..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[A] mysterious, subtle and beautifully shot film....IT is also eerie and unsettling, its dreamlike quality heightened by the haunting music..."
    Sight and Sound

    5 stars out of 5 -- "Weir piles on lyrical image after lyrical image, wallowing in different moods to build something eerie, beautiful and dripping with dread."

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