Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake

DVD - 2013
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A pregnant 12 year-old girl who won't reveal who the father is, walks chest deep into the freezing waters of a New Zealand lake and disappears. Robin Griffin is called in to investigate and becomes more and more obsessed. As she searches, she slowly begins to realize that finding the girl is tantamount to finding herself, a self she has kept well hidden. A powerful and haunting story about our search for happiness, where the dream of paradise attracts its dark twin, the fall.
Publisher: [United States] : BBC Video, [2013]
ISBN: 9781624045424
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 360 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
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whitby6
Sep 16, 2017

The story was a very choppy & low budget quality. Scenery was good. Elizabeth Moss never disappoints.
I wouldn't waste 6 hrs on this one.

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williamoliver1315
Aug 27, 2017

Really enjoyed this. The scenery was amazing. Looking forward to watching, Top of the Lake 2

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solo4444
Aug 22, 2017

Good plot, but it left me wanting more details, unfinished.

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empbee
Aug 09, 2017

A well done mystery in an unusual and beautiful location in the southern island of New Zealand. The story and characters are interestingly different, the pace is calm and intense. The acting is excellent.

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mzch
Jul 28, 2017

Literal and societal incest, exploitation of a community's children, casual full nudity--I'm astonished this was considered suitable for television. Takes the shine off British civility. Yeah, great acting, beautiful scenery--in the service of what, exactly? May those who survive such traumas find justice and restoration.

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mjayh
Jul 23, 2017

Beautiful scenery, but the story is unrelentingly grim. Too many troubled individuals wallowing in misery, and the bad guys are not just bad but loathsome. Possibly the women's group sequestered in the valley was meant to provide a bit of amusement, but the situation came across as weird for the sake of being weird and was rather unconvincing.

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KatherineHere
Dec 30, 2016

6-hr. series, scenery in NZ marvelous, story seemed slow-paced, boring, a bit silly, and I turned it off after 1 hr.

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JackamoJames
Dec 19, 2016

ummmm...no..not even CLOSE to a Twin Peaks....this is a muddling mess that took three tries to get through part 1 and then no interest to watch part 2....Yes, I have been spoiled with Line of Duty, Broadchurch, Wallinder, The Bridge, Scott and Bailey, and even Doc Marten...all far superior and worth your time....this one is just a dud. Holly Hunter has never been so bad in anything I have ever seen as she is in this.

Bunny_Watson716 Mar 18, 2016

Fantastic New Zealand scenery, gripping storyline, with believably bad bad guys. If you liked Broadchurch, try this.

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Punnoval
May 08, 2015

Jane Campion's best movie, Sweetie, had offbeat characters with shades of David Lynch. After the first chapter of Top of the Lake there was hope that this could be a New Zealand variation on Twin Peaks with a fight-out between Holly Hunter's loony wimmin and Peter Mullan's family of lunkhead males. Sorree! This just degenerates into a miserable mess with no redeeming virtues.

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Saint_Mirin
Feb 26, 2014

Other: Strong - yet quite warped - theme of feminism is present throughout. Women attempt to assert themselves but attack each other and behave like doormats.

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Saint_Mirin
Feb 26, 2014

Sexual Content: Strong themes of incest, pedophilia, and rape. Two of which are not resolved in the plot. None are graphic or show nudity but all are disturbing nonetheless. There is nudity with some of it full frontal but blurred or done respectfully.

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Saint_Mirin
Feb 22, 2014

Violence: Warning about a scene involving a dog being senselessly shot. A tad graphic and unnecessary to the plot.

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Saint_Mirin
Feb 22, 2014

Saint_Mirin thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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jimg2000
Mar 01, 2015

Al: No, no one's ever really friends with Matt. Still, I'm close enough to regret it.

CJ (Holly Hunter): The pain will never be too much, but when it is, the body goes unconscious. But you guys have drugs, yeah?
Jude: Yes, morphine.
CJ: That's not good. Find some heroin. In nature there is no death. Just a reshuffling of atoms.

CJ: The body has tremendous intelligence. Follow the body.
It will know what to do.
Tui: I don't want to be naked.
-- Hey, I've had a couple of kids. Had one at home. It was that quick and easy, I nearly missed it. God, lucky my sister was there...

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