(1975) "What we are and what seem/Are but a dream within a dream." Valentines Day, 1900, and a fine day for an excursion to an aboriginal holy place of girls by the girls of a  Downunder finishing school. But, at the end of a sensuously lazy summer day, some of them don't come back. One of the great puzzle films. Weir's second work was the breakthrough for the renascent Australian cinema. Based on Joan Lindsay's original novel (written when she was nearly eighty) turns 50 this year. 115 minutes.

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