Twenty-three years before The Truman Show, Peter Weir first made a stir with this other fin de siecle fable. On Feb. 14, 1900, a flock of Australian schoolgirls in frilly dresses and broad straw hats journey to lunch in the countryside. (Poof.) Three students and one teacher vanish. Finally available again on tape and cut as the director wished (seven minutes svelter and spookier), Picnic At Hanging Rock offers no solution. But a movie this seductive — it wears the brilliant obscurity of a Dickinson poem and the suggestive force of a Magritte painting — doesn’t require solutions or resolutions, just the perfect beauty of its puzzle. A

Picnic at Hanging Rock
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