Picnic at Hanging Rock

Home Vision; rental pricing
Feature; PG
Director:Peter Weir
Cast:Rachel Roberts, Dominic Guard and Helen Morse

Nearly a quarter of a century before The Truman Show, director Weir made a splash with this very lovely, very weird film, now available for the first time on tape. It's Valentine's Day in 1900, and a white-frocked coterie of Australian schoolgirls lunch in the countryside. Suddenly, three lasses and one teacher vanish, lured by the sunny crags of a nearby mountain. Spooooky. Just like the title geography, the film is oddly mesmerizing, but don't wait for a tied-with-a-bow ending; it never comes. Rather, this is a story that revels in its own obliqueness.