Monday, November 9, 2015
see you in time
Contemplating two films I like that remain mysteries -- the audience does not get an answer --
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975 in Australia, 1979-U.S.A.)
and The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
I asked myself, do I really appreciate the unsolved nature of these mystery stories, or do I just say that, while feverishly puzzling puzzling puzzling in own head, trying to solve them...?
In an "extra feature" with the DVD disc, someone ("Picnic" director Peter Weir, I think) says the rest of the English empire used to think "Australia has no inner life" -- but then Picnic was supposed to have changed that perception.
(No inner life?? That's an extraordinary thing to assume, or imagine, about any person or group. Before Picnic, Australian films had been all-action, or something...)
One of the supporting characters in Hanging Rock is desperate to solve the disappearance of a group of schoolgirls: another character, an older, more experienced man, advises him, "Some questions have got answers; others haven't."
The character Miranda says, while gazing up at the unexplored part of the rock, closer to the sky,
"Everything begins -
and ends -
at exactly the right - time -
---------------------- In Mothman, too, there's a "time" statement -- voice that calls on the phone, and comes out of sink drains, signs off several times (spookily electronically buzzingly) with, "I'll see you in time." Or -- "You will see her in time"...