Worth Watching: Picnic At Hanging Rock

I've been wanting to see this for years, and I finally have! This Australian school-girl mystery from the 70s will probably have you thinking about it after it's over.

Set in the early 20th century, "Picnic" is about the baffling disappearance of three school girls and a teacher, who vanish without a trace while picniking at Hanging Rock. Did someone kill them? Did they run away? Why did they behave so oddly all of a sudden? We never find out what really happened to them, but it's safe to assume they died. It drastically changes life at the school, for some more than others.

It is a bit frustrating not knowing, but it achieves the right effect. Perhaps it's better being left to wonder. It's more romantic that way, and finding out what happened might be disappointing, and make these human girls seem, well...human. Miranda especially is painted as an etheral sort of girl, the sort of person everyone likes and looks up to, and in at least one case, loves. She's portrayed this way both leading up to the tragedy, as well as the even more tragic aftermath.

It's a fairly captivating watch.. One of the best movies I've seen in awhile.

My grade: A