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Top of the Lake 

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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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Elisabeth Moss ...  Robin Griffin 13 episodes, 2013-2017
David Wenham ...  Al Parker 8 episodes, 2013-2017
Peter Mullan ...  Matt 7 episodes, 2013
Thomas M. Wright ...  Johnno 7 episodes, 2013
Skye Wansey ...  Grishina 7 episodes, 2013
Geneviève Lemon Geneviève Lemon ...  Bunny 7 episodes, 2013
Robyn Malcolm ...  Anita 7 episodes, 2013
Kip Chapman ...  Luke 7 episodes, 2013-2017
Jacqueline Joe ...  Tui 7 episodes, 2013-2017
Ewen Leslie ...  Pyke / ... 7 episodes, 2013-2017
Gwendoline Christie ...  Miranda Hilmarson 6 episodes, 2017
Alice Englert ...  Mary 6 episodes, 2017
Sarah Valentine Sarah Valentine ...  Prue 6 episodes, 2013
Madeleine Sami ...  Zena 6 episodes, 2013
Clayton Jacobson ...  Adrian Butler 6 episodes, 2017
Jay Ryan ...  Mark 6 episodes, 2013
David Dencik ...  Alexander 'Puss' 6 episodes, 2017
Alison Bruce ...  Anne-Marie 6 episodes, 2013
Angjee Douangphoumy Angjee Douangphoumy ...  Joy 6 episodes, 2017
Lauren Dawes Lauren Dawes ...  Mandy 6 episodes, 2013
Holly Hunter ...  GJ 6 episodes, 2013
Georgi Kay Georgi Kay ...  Melissa 6 episodes, 2013
Linda Ngo Linda Ngo ...  Sinn 6 episodes, 2017
Stephen Lovatt ...  Officer Pete 6 episodes, 2013
Elaine Crombie Elaine Crombie ...  Bev 6 episodes, 2017
Merlynn Tong ...  Caramel 6 episodes, 2017
Nicole Kidman ...  Julia 6 episodes, 2017
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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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18 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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A tó tükre See more »

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Jane Campion offered her The Piano (1993) star Anna Paquin the leading role of Robin Griffin, but Paquin declined due to her pregnancy. See more »

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The miniseries is approximately 360 minutes long. In the US the show first aired on the Sundance Channel divided into 7 untitled episodes (of variable length between 49 and 53 mins each); in the UK and new Zealand, the show aired as 6 one-hour episodes. The titles of the UK episodes are: 1.1 Paradise Sold 1.2 Searchers Search 1.3 The Edge of the Universe 1.4 A Rainbow Above Us 1.5 The Dark Creator 1.6 No Goodbyes Thanks See more »

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Featured in 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014) See more »

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A Beautiful Place Full of Horrible Men
3 March 2015 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

Season One Review: I've been looking at the reviews of the first season of this series, and I feel most of the negative ones are from people who simply wanted a very different show. There are inexplicable comparisons with Twin Peaks and complaints about the quality of the mystery, as though this is a series in which the central mystery is the selling point.

It's not a classic mystery story, but neither is it meant to be (and neither was Twin Peaks, so when people complain it's not a good mystery "like Twin Peaks" I am profoundly puzzled). Instead it is the exploration of a created world. The story is shambling, with odd strings that seem untethered, but so is life. Yes, you could strip out Holly Hunter's brilliant performance as a down-to-earth guru, toss out Robin's mother, toss out all sorts of things, and you could have a short, standard mystery, but why would you want to do that?

Top of the Lake is a fascinating look at a brutal, beautiful world. The beauty comes from the landscape, the brutality from the men, who are remarkably awful. I can see why some people would complain about a show where almost every man is a monster, except for a couple of crazy ones and one passably nice guy. It doesn't bother me, but it's the one criticism I've read that I wouldn't argue against.

The show is not about the mystery but about character. There is enough mystery and plot to keep that part involving, but this is more about Robin's inner struggles and outer determination and passion than anything else.

I wish more of the reviewers here talked about the mini-series that exists instead of the one they wanted.

Season Two review: I had though Top of the Lake was a mini-series and was surprised there *was* a season two. It is less scenic and even grimmer than the first season. There is more grit and less quirk, but there is still the complexity of character and the dark view of male-female interactions (i.e. a lot of the men are jerks).

It was interesting, but not so much that I'm eager for a third season.


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