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Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.
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 Robin Griffin (13 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Al Parker (8 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Matt (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Johnno (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Grishina (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Bunny (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Anita (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Luke (7 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Tui (7 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Pyke / ... (7 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Miranda Hilmarson (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Mary (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Prue (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Zena (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Adrian Butler (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Mark (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Alexander 'Puss' (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Anne-Marie (6 episodes, 2013)
Angjee Douangphoumy ...
 Joy (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Mandy (6 episodes, 2013)
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 GJ (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Melissa (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Sinn (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Officer Pete (6 episodes, 2013)
Elaine Crombie ...
 Bev (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Caramel (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Julia (6 episodes, 2017)
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In New Zealand's rugged and mountainous South Island, Tui Mitcham, a 12-year-old pregnant girl, has been missing in a vast area near a lake with glacial waters. She is already five months pregnant, moreover, she keeps the father's name to herself. For this reason, Sydney's brave, yet inexperienced Detective Robin Griffin who specialises in crimes against minors comes to her rescue, returning reluctantly back to her hometown and her well-hidden past. Inevitably, this alarming and mysterious case of disappearance will bring the determined detective up against long-lost acquaintances, and eventually, innocent Tui's uninvolved father Matt who has earned quite an unholy reputation in the region. In the end, as Robin gets gradually obsessed with solving the obscure case, her investigation will shortly lead her to a recovery camp led by the enigmatic sexagenarian silver-haired guru GJ, and a side of herself, that up until now, was meticulously kept at bay. Written by Nick Riganas

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Jane Campion previously directed Nicole Kidman in Portrait of a Lady (1996) See more »

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Featured in 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (2013) See more »

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Quality Television
18 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

If I had to describe this mini-series in a few key phrases it would be: beautiful scenery, great acting and a gripping plot.

While the shows synopsis suggests a straightforward detective story, it's focus gradually shifts towards it's main protagonist Robin Griffin (played wonderfully by Elisabeth Moss). As she (and we the viewers) slowly discover more about her past.

The intensity ramps up with each episode and your always left wanting to find out more until it all ends in a satisfying climax.

The series does suffer a bit from male-bashing. It doesn't impact the quality in any way, but don't expect to find any likable men here.


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