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Top of the Lake 

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (2013– )
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When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.
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 Robin (14 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Johnno (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Matt (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Al (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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 GJ (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Zena (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Luke (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Prue (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Mark (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Anne-Marie (6 episodes, 2013)
Lauren Dawes ...
 Mandy (6 episodes, 2013)
Georgi Kay ...
 Melissa (6 episodes, 2013)
Jacqueline Joe ...
 Tui (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Officer Pete (6 episodes, 2013)
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When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.

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No ordinary place. No ordinary crime.


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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation was set to co-produce and help fund the production but pulled out of its deal when Jane Campion cast American Elisabeth Moss in the lead role. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation had only agreed to help fund the project if an Australian or New Zealander was cast in the lead role. After they left the project, UKTV stepped in to co-produce and replace the lost funding. See more »

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Mystery for the emotionally stunted
3 February 2014 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Jane Campion is a champion of the weird and freakish. It was therefore with trepidation that I followed this mini-series. Turns out, my apprehension was well founded. In a nutshell, Robin is back to her New Zealand hometown of Laketop to visit her sick mother. She is coming from Australia, where she moved and became a cop of some sort.

The local police get in touch with her when Tui, a 12 yo girl turns up at the station, suicidal and pregnant. This is just the beginning of the most bizarre investigative procedure I have seen on screen. Tui is interrogated by Robin (a "specialist" in dealing with kids). Despite the unpleasantness of the situation nothing much comes out of her mouth (was it rape? was it something even more sinister?) Whatever it was, during her interrogation, Tui manages to look merely annoyed, rather than scared or shocked.

Completing the female cast is a bunch of women camping on the lake shore and "guided" by GJ – one of the most obnoxious characters ever. Tui goes visiting their camp, then she goes missing and everybody in creepy Laketop gets involved to find her (or what remains of her body). During the very loose and badly coordinated search, we get to know all of Robin's dark secrets.

If the female cast is unpleasant more grief comes from the male side. We have Matt, the local bad guy, involved in criminal activities and apparently father of almost every youngster in Laketop. He is also Tui's father, although their relationship is left mostly unexplored. Then we have Al, the lieutenant, too creepy for words. Potential (and actual) rapists/misogynists fill the local bar, together with Johnno, yet another of Matt's offspring (or maybe not) who could (or not) be the only good guy around. But he also has his share of quirky behaviors, such as sleeping in a tent, for reasons I could not quite grasps.

The denouement of the whole plot turns out as one of the most anti-climactic ever. Somebody gets shot, Robin discover a dark plot (of the type already explored and exploited much better in Twin Peaks), Tui goes back to normal life, still managing to look supremely bored and completely detached from all the tragedy around her. The end.

Not a single character in the series was likable or engaging, although I suppose main character Robin was meant to elicit some sympathy. The biggest let down was Tui, who played her character either catatonic or bored. Also extremely puzzling the GJ character. I just cannot figure why anybody would follow such a rude person to the end of the world, thinking she has a "teaching" or enlightenment of any sort to impart.

Finally, much has already been written about wrong accents flying around. I could not care less because I am not English mother tongue. Also much was written about the "feminist" approach, but I did not perceive Campion as partial to women, because most of the female cast is as obnoxious as the male counterpart (stupid, elderly women looking for "love", living with a chimp, wishing for unfaithful rich husbands to take them back... not the smartest of the crop). I cared only about following a good story, but this unfortunately is not it.


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