Top of the Lake (2013– )
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In New Zealand's rugged and mountainous South Island, an unripe 12-year-old pregnant girl is found up to her chest in the lake's glacial waters. She is already five months pregnant, moreover, she keeps the father's name to herself.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dra McKay ...
Delia (as Dra Mckay)
Philippa Archibald ...
Bunny (as Genevieve Lemon)
Griz Pomirska ...
The Naked Lady


Tui, a 12 year old girl, walks into a remote mountain lake on New Zealand's South Island as if to drown herself. She's pregnant and she's the daughter of Matt, a tough guy who leads what's probably a criminal gang. A police detective, Robin Griffin, who has her own history with the lake, investigates Tui's plight. We also meet a collective who are establishing a make-shift lakeside retreat for damaged women over Matt's objections and claims they are trespassing. Written by <>

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18 March 2013 (USA)  »

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Matt: I'm not in shock. Christ, I know kids. I had my first orgasm when I was seven, my first fuck when I was 11. So she's a slut, like her dad was a slut. But she's too young to have a baby. I wouldn't do that to one of my bitches.
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Really disappointing
17 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Jane Campion must live in a depressing world where all women are victims of male brutality as that is the way this first episode came across.

Tui is a victim. That is made clear 5 minutes into the episode.

All the women in the container camp are victims. That is the point of their being there after all.

Robin's mother is a victim in a violent relationship where she makes excuses for the behaviour of her partner.

Even late in the episode, we find out (no surprise by now) that even Robin is a victim at some time in her past.

The men in this episode are -- with only one exception -- all total jerks capable of violence and disgusting behaviour with little provocation. No need to go into details as this is self-evident from watching.

The one exception was the character Johno. And by his own admission he is only now the way is his for getting all the badness out of his system after spending 8 years in a Thai prison.

Apparently until men are locked up for 8 years they are all violent insensitive beasts looking for any excuse to assault the female of the species.

There is one amusing twist to this. One of the women at the camp recounts a story where she is the victim of a bad relationship in which she ends up showing a scar where her partner bit her. Her partner? A chimpanzee obviously. I don't recall that it was specified but no doubt the chimpanzee was male.

My wife and I discussed this episode and decided we didn't want any part of this world so have decided not to bother with the rest of the series. The scenery and cinematography are great, as you'd expect. However, we live a few hours drive from Queenstown where the series was filmed so will content ourselves with visiting the venue rather than having to sit through another 7 hours of this depressing world that Campion is portraying.

Sorry, it's just not for us.

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