This early film of 30 years old australian Peter Weir (later he moved to the USA) belongs to the handful of the most enigmatic and incredibly beautiful movies in cinema history. It expresses on the intuitive, almost unconscious level something that could be considered as magic nature of cinema. Of course, you can treat Weir's film as a mysterious intellectual detective with very delicate athmosphere and exquisite artistic performance. Besides, the film is based on the real paradoxical accident that took place in Australia 75 years before the film was made. The accident remained unexplained and gave rise to many controversial explanations.
Three students of a female college and their teacher disappeared during the summer walk near the famous Hanging Rock - marvellous rest place. Everything happened obtained metaphysical features: something horrible and incomprehensible happened on St. Valentine's Day. But placatory nature still "is in the dark" and stais in the rest, striking with innocent beauty. However, accumulating anxiety relaxes in thunderstorm, and then - stunning silence, and the world becomes much more inconceivable, its origin, entity - much more subtle and imperceptible.
This film is an amazing cinema poem, triumph of the impressionist style with delicate and soft play of light and shadows. The mystery is in the air. With the people of the beginning of the XX century we're scared with obscure future that hangs over us like a dark strom-cloud. 10/10