Picnic at Hanging Rock
To celebrate Valentine's Day, teachers at a boarding school take a group of students on an outing to the mysterious Hanging Rock. Soon after their arrival, the headmistress and three girls go exploring and mysteriously disappear.
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- Peter Weir
- DVD and Blu-ray
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
A perfect transfer. Breathtaking, extraordinary, marvelous -- you choose the adjective. Very few DVDs that include only the film's trailer deserve a perfect score, but Picnic is definitely one of them. Criterion also provides a nicely animated menu with chapter selection (that is not animated).
English SDHClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Picnic at Hanging Rock -- an eerie allegorical mystery about three students and an instructor who inexplicably vanish during a field trip -- has powerful sexual and violent undertones, though very little is shown. Instead, an ethereal, ghostlike quality permeates the film, which gives no easy answers to the central mystery, but nevertheless, feels creepy and complex.
- Sexual Content
- A maid is shown in bed, partially clothed in the arms of a shirtless man, presumably having an affair with him.
- A girl is found dead after presumably falling to her death from a window into a greenhouse. A character is shown scratched up and bleeding as he searches for the missing girls and teacher. While the disappearance of the girls and teacher is never shown directly, viewers hear a shrieking scream.
- Rare "hell."
- Social Behavior
- Themes include innocence and sexuality, civilization and nature, Christianity and Paganism, but messages are up to a variety of interpretation.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Adult characters are shown smoking. Two of the younger male characters pass a large beer bottle back and forth, taking sips. Later in the film, the Headmistress is shown drinking from a whiskey bottle and acting drunk.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it