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Moody, without being oppressively dark or atmospheric, compelling and mysterious, Jane Campion's seven-part Sundance Channel series, "Top Of The Lake" – based on two episodes thus far – is an intriguing crime drama and mystery that's got this writer hooked. (The series screened in full at Sundance, but critics were also provided the first two episodes in advance of the festival). Written by Campion and her "Sweetie" collaborator Gerard Lee, Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") stars as Robin Griffin, a tough, gutsy, and perhaps emotionally removed detective called to investigate a missing girl while she's come back home to visit her mother. Set in the remote mountains of New Zealand, "Top Of The Lake" follows the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl named Tui. Tui was mysteriously found wading in a lake up to her neck by one of her teachers, and when the police and Griffin investigate, they discover that the pre-teen is five. »

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