Top of the Lake (2013– )
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In the wake of New Zealand's devastating events, troubled Detective Robin returns to Sydney for a fresh start, however, the wounds of the past are deep and angry, moreover, a suitcase with a rather appalling content summons dark memories.


Jane Campion


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ling Cooper Tang ... Dang
Kim Gyngell ... Bootie
David Dencik ... Alexander 'Puss'
Angjee Douangphoumy Angjee Douangphoumy ... Joy
Michelle Ny Michelle Ny ... Mahlee
Linda Ngo ... Sinn
Merlynn Tong ... Caramel
Elisabeth Moss ... Robin Griffin
Kathleen Haynes Kathleen Haynes ... Sophie
Clayton Jacobson ... Adrian Butler
Hoa Xuande ... Walker
Gwendoline Christie ... Miranda Hilmarson
James O'Connell ... Officer Sizzla
Ben Wood Ben Wood ... Officer Badger
Alice Englert ... Mary


The detective needs to get away from NZ and goes to work in Australia. A daughter that she gave up when she was 16 is also in Australia. An Asian girl in a suitcase is found on the beach which begins the detective's first case in her new home. Written by MBP

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Release Date:

10 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Australia See more »

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See-Saw Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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Mary is played by Alice Englert, the daughter of series creator/writer/director Jane Campion. See more »


The German character Alexander "Puss" Braun is portrayed by a Swedish-Danish actor. He pronounces a few German lines, words and names with a typical Swedish accent. His English accent is neither Swedish, Danish or German. However, as nothing about his backstory adds up, he may be lying about his German origin as well. See more »


Alexander 'Puss': The destiny of man is to enslave women...
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What The F?
29 July 2017 | by stephenabellSee all my reviews

So what the hell happened here. I just watch the brilliant Top Of The Lake Season One again in preparation for this long-awaited sequel. Though now I have watched the hour episode I have to ask What The F?

Whatever Campion was on when she directed this I want some - in fact, I need some in order to enjoy it. This feels as if it's trying too much to be something... though I have no idea what that something is as you have a lot of strange going on in this episode, though it's not good. Is Campion trying to do a "Twin Peaks"?

There are dayglo dream babies... police officers who wear motorbike helmets with antennas and the like stuck on so they can pretend to be "Rocket Men". A group of men who visit and rate prostitutes then meet in a coffee shop to review their "dates" and to exchange notes. There are a lot of other things happening which just don't feel realistic or believable. The scene where Robin goes to the murder scene with the extremely tall Miranda is painfully silly. Miranda jumps off the boat ramp which leads down to the beach where the body has been found. She then turns around and holds her hands up to Robin as if she's a child who will jump into her arms, and not her senior officer. God, I just wanted Robin to turn around and walk away a few steps and then turn around and run full pelt at Miranda... then with a high-pitched, "wheee!" jump into her arms.

The best thing in this episode is the opening sequence - the dumping of the body - and then the way the body in the case is filmed up until it's pulled ashore. This is a brilliant set of sequences. More of this less of the other.

So far this is way inferior to the previous series. Even Elisabeth Moss, who plays Robin, looks a little lost and confused at times. I know how she feels.

I do hope the rest of the series gets better than this.

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