Top of the Lake

Season 1
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A powerful and haunting story from Oscar winning writer/director Jane Campion starring Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan and Holly Hunter. Set against one of the most amazing and untouched landscapes left on the planet, Top of the Lake is a powerful story about our search for happiness where the dream of paradise attracts its dark twin, the fall.
Starring
Elisabeth MossHolly HunterPeter Mullan
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Episode 1
    March 18, 2013
    49min
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    English
    While visiting her dying mother, Detective Robin Griffin takes on the case of a twelve-year-old pregnant girl Tui, who then disappears.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    March 18, 2013
    48min
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    English [CC]
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    Robin's search for the pregnant twelve-year-old Tui in the vast southern wilderness starts to uncover secrets in the small community living on the edge of 'Paradise'.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    March 25, 2013
    48min
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    The local police make a grim discovery. Whilst at the Women's Camp, Robin is warned that the search for Tui will bring her to her knees.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    April 1, 2013
    47min
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    Robin makes a breakthrough in her investigation but Al warns that her own dark past is coloring her judgment.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    April 8, 2013
    50min
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    Despite her mother's concerns, Robin's passionate affair with Tui's half-brother Johnno intensifies and complicates.
  6. 6. Episode 6
    April 15, 2013
    50min
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    Matt gathers troops to hunt his daughter down and Tui's friends trek deep into the mountains to celebrate her birthday, with tragic consequences.
  7. 7. Episode 7
    April 22, 2013
    51min
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    Matt reveals a secret that almost destroys Robin as the investigation reaches its shocking conclusion.
  8. 101. Trailer
    August 4, 2013
    2min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    This powerful and haunting story from Oscar winning writer/director Jane Campion follows the story of a detective (Elisabeth Moss) who investigates the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant daughter of a local drug lord.
  9. 102. Featurette
    August 4, 2013
    5min
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    English [CC]
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    An exclusive behind the scenes look into Top of the Lake. Starring Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter, Top of the Lake is set against one of the most amazingly untouched landscapes left on the planet and is a powerful story about our search for happiness where the dream of paradise attracts its dark twin, the fall.

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Directors
Jane CampionGarth Davis
Supporting actors
David WenhamThomas M. Wright
Producers
Jane CampionPhilippa CampbellEmile ShermanIain Canning
Season year
2013
Network
BBC America
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4.4 out of 5 stars

457 global ratings

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Mrs. BeanReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
SO MUCH TO ENJOY
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I loved watching this story. I made myself stop so I didn't rush it. I wanted to live in that environment even though it was so heartless, it was beautiful. I was amazed that characters were all so human that you knew there was somebody who was doing something dastardly but there were so many possibilities. It's good to see men portrayed the way they are. We forgive them for being such monsters when they are monsters. Then we adore the sweet men. We hope all men are that way. But, all women know the others. You just wanted Robin to carry a gun all the time but the fact that she did not made her so much more of a heroine. That bottle through the stomach of a rapist was so satisfying....listen to me...who is the monster now? The women's colony grows on you. At first you just think they are kind of lost and silly but you soon find that everybody goes to the matriarch. And Holly Hunter played this person on such a middle path. She had this benevolent strain of distance. I LOVED IT. I am so grateful that this was made and TOTL China Girl is also amazing. Thanks.
6 people found this helpful
J. MullallyReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
some solid performances, complete lapses in logic
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This could have been great, but the lapses in basic police work are absurd. Even when they get a sighting of the missing girl, it is days before they follow up on the lead. The female detective isn't likable and is self-absorbed and self-destructive. She is supposedly placing the girl above her mom but she doesn't do much for the girl at the end. And it goes on or like how may episodes, and at the end it is completely rushed, with no real resolution/consequences etc. The whole situation with Johnno is ridiculous as well-why fall for such a loser? She behaves completely out of character, or any sane human response, after meeting with Matt. David Wenham puts in a solid performance with what he has to work with, but the end is ridiculous. No one is that dumb. Top marks for the scenery and Holly Hunter-she does not get to do much, but what there is, is very good.
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BethSReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Storytelling; Amazing setting and acting
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Elisabeth Moss offers up a compelling characterization that feels completely real and organic. She is wonderful. The rest of the cast gives their all as well and the scenery of New Zealand becomes a character of its own in director Jane Campion's hands. Everyone can watch and learn from this story. We all know people like this, and we are people like this; the storytelling is masterful and profound. A must see.
Sugar & SpiceReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
It really wasn't necessary as they did a great job weaving the two together in Season 2
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I watched Season 2 first and decided to get even more backstory from Season 1. It really wasn't necessary as they did a great job weaving the two together in Season 2. And, I ended up not liking Season 1 as much I thought I would. I didn't connect with the characters the way I did in Season 2.
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Read BooksReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
Nice New Zealand tour with decent storyline and, of course, how could you not like Elizabeth Moss?
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Great scenery/shots of New Zealand which one might say is a main "character" of the film.
The main storyline held my attention, but I will say that some of the oddball character mini/secondary storylines were unnecessary.
Holly Hunter's character is the lead "oddball," yet she gets minimal screen time--which is a shame considering hers is the one oddball story which could have been more interesting, given a little depth. Also, while I sincerely respect the seriousness of the topic surrounding the back story for Elizabeth Moss' character ... well ... it seems a little contrived. That said, Ms. Moss works her usual magic and, if just for her acting and the scenery alone, Top of the Lake was a decent choice in the perpetual sea of not-so-good mainstream fare.
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MovieskinnyReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
10 for strangeness outta 10
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This is one of those quickie one season shows that takes you on a ride the entire short amount episodes, and try to decipher. All over the place to keep you guessing and wondering where they are dragging you. The punchline is a big wow, where did that come from? Give it a try.
JCY 500Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Involving and unique
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This miniseries, with the gorgeous setting of New Zealand, may not excel, but it certainly beguiles. Peter Mullan and Holly Hunter have key roles in this saga of the seeming disappearance of an adolescent girl. The reveal at the end was less than surprising, but superb work by two actors I wasn't previously acquainted with - Elisabeth Moss and Thomas Wright - made the series worth watching. I also liked the fact that the producers didn't sensationalize certain unsavory aspects of the story. I suspect that had a US television network developed the show it would have been far different.
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Paula J. VasquezReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Drama at its best
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I really like the storyline. It is challenging to keep up with -- but not overwhelmingly so. Casting seems right on. The acting is just great. I became involved right away in what was happening. The plot and the setting pulled me in and I stayed! It's eerie, scary, intriguing, etc. All good stuff. Nothing I can think of to dislike. Similar to Justified in that the people of a certain cultural area (?) are more or less examined (?) for their history and way of being in the world. It's very interesting and enlightening to/for me. I trust there will be more seasons.
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