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Parents' Guide to

Picnic at Hanging Rock

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Stylish and intriguing update on a spooky Aussie tale.

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Sensual and creepy at the same time, this update on a classic Australian tale has beautiful visuals and a fairytale-like mystery at its center. How could four girls climb a rock but only three come down? Fans of the classic 1975 art-house movie of the same name (or the equally classic 1967 novel) will note that though the underpinnings of this version of Picnic at Hanging Rock are the same, the characters are smartly updated. In 1975 Mrs. Appleyard was a tight-bunned patrician great aunt-type and the girls ethereal and indistinguishable nymphs in white dresses. In the 2018 version, the headmistress is a woman with a Secret Past, and each student is sensitively sketched, particularly free-spirited tomboy Miranda.

Dormer's Mrs. Appleyard is also a measure more cruel than her 1975 predecessor, particularly to charity ward Sara (Inez Currõ), whose legs are laddered with self-harming razor cuts that Appleyard douses with rubbing alcohol while dispensing hard-earned wisdom about the world. How did she earn said wisdom? Watching that unfold -- along with the many other secrets of the many other characters -- is one of the many pleasures of this fascinating, slow-burning series.

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