Top of the Lake 2013

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Jane Campion's darkly gritty six-part crime series follows a police detective as she investigates the disappearance of a young girl in the remote New Zealand township of Lakeside, where she used to live. When 12-year-old Tui (Jacqueline Joe), the daughter of vicious local drug lord Matt Mitcham (Peter Mullan), is found to be pregnant, her unwillingness to name the father is followed by her sudden disappearance. Whilst visiting her dying mother (Robyn Nevin), Sydney-based detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) finds herself drawn into the case, but as her investigations reveal more about the dysfunctional community she once fled, she uncovers a simmering, underlying brutality, with the menacing presence of Mitcham at its core.

Starring:
Cohen Holloway, Holly Hunter
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Top of the Lake - Season 1

Product Details

Discs
  • Top of the Lake - Disc 1
  • Top of the Lake - Disc 2
Runtime 6 hours 0 minutes
Studio polyband
Main languages German, English
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 5 hours 42 minutes
Starring Cohen Holloway, Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan, Sarah Valentine, Thomas M. Wright, Matt Whelan, Mirrah Foulkes, Jay Ryan, Benjamin Farry, Michelle Ang, Elisabeth Moss, Jacqueline Joe, Robyn Nevin
Director Jane Campion
Genres Drama
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 19 August 2013
Main languages English

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Denise Kong on 11 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
This series showcases some superb writing and acting. There isn't much on TV that is as well thought out and subtle as this. It's not only a personal drama, or a police story, or a mystery, or a thriller, but it contains strong elements of all of these. For me this is a bonus but if you are only looking for one of these maybe this is not the box set for you.

There are three main strands of plot: the mystery involving the disappearance of pregnant 12 year old Tui, the personal life of detective Robin Griffin (Elizabeth Moss), and the social "shape" and history of the small town in New Zealand, which includes some very insular, inward looking locals and a community of self-healing women, led by "guru" GJ (Holly Hunter).

I like the way almost all the main characters have ambiguity to them. Lead police office Al colludes with the locals, but has his own beliefs in justice. Robin's childhood sweetheart Johnno struggles with what he sees as his own weaknesses, even as he is blind to the incredible escape he has made from the forces that have dragged down the rest of his family. Even the "good" heroine Robin succumbs unwisely to anger, but this is done in such a way that you totally understand the way her frustrations have got the better of her.

If you let it, the interaction between the characters will really move you. There are uplifting moments where characters realise things about themselves and act on these revelations. There are tension moments full of threat. And although there are occasional "thrill" moments, involving chases, if that's all you are looking for, well, it's not just about that. It's the combination of these things together that makes this so special.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Stopford on 2 May 2014
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The setting is stunning, but behind the beauty of the scenery, dark things are going on. Very gripping right from the start and the female detective is great - one wonders what her interest in the missing young girl is all about, and as the story unfolds, the viewer is in for some shocks. Edge of your chair stuff, but in a quiet, subtle sort of way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JayZ on 11 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
We're a bit spoilt for choice for gritty police procedurals nowadays, but this one stood out for me.
. Incredible scenery contrasting with spooky music and the grim business of looking under stones.
. strong central characters: Tui, Matt and Robin notably
. extraordinary but broadly plausible cast will keep you engrossed
. above all, a study in how people in small communities will look the other way for fear of being ostracised.

Found myself watching this at 3am with work the next day!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By stoveboy78 on 19 Aug 2013
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This is a fantastic program that is both believable and very frightening. The cast all play well and I think the Elizabeth Moss from mad men has done well to break away from any kind of type casting and gone for a completely different and complicated character role. She is clearly a tremendous actress and Im sure we will she much much more of her. It is hard to write about this without spoiling it. it is not an easy ride by any stretch. But makes for great viewing.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2013
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I started watching 'Top of the Lake' because I am a fan of Elizabeth Moss. Her role in this film is terrific, in fact it s so good, she should be nominated for an Emmy. From the first confusing episode to the day, I was hooked! This is one of the better mini-series I have seen,

'Top of the Lake ' is a seven-hour miniseries from filmmaker Jane Campion. Elisabeth Moss is a troubled Sydney cop investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old in her small New Zealand hometown. This is a crime series concerned with heartbreak. Moss's detective Robin Griffin is investigating the disappearance of Tui. Her father is Matt Mitcham, played by Peter Mullan, a Scotsman introduced as a villain. He is a drug taker, maker and rounder and owns the town.

There's a lake where the mountains should be, and green, green grass. Everything is topsy-turvy: An unborn baby is called a "time bomb," a gentle elder-care companion puts his fist through a wall. And around the investigation is a group of scarred women camped out on land called Paradise. Holly Hunter's GJ, gives advice, sips soup and drops truth bombs.

This is a police procedural like no other. The only ethical investigator, it seems is Elizabeth Moss's character. All is not what it seems, and the finale will leave you surprised.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 05-27-13
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cobus Tolken on 2 April 2014
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This is a really original story with amazing acting and beautiful cinematography, by the director of "The Piano". I would strongly recommend it to anybody that enjoys good acting and non-stereotype characters. Elisabeth Moss from "Mad Men" surpasses herself. I was really very impressed and glad that I took a chance on this series! Don't hesitate...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bex on 23 April 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this drama which is powerful and very different so keeps you engaged and guessing right from the start.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KatherineByrne on 9 April 2014
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Excellent. Dark and moody. Maintains it tension all the way to the end. The women of paradise were wonderfully weird. All in all a great watch
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