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
Branch Call Number: TOP
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (300 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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htliang
Dec 23, 2017

Great mystery set in the South Island Lake district of New Zealand. A 12-year-old girl is found to be 5 months pregnant; however, she goes missing before the father can be identified and charged. Young detective, Robin Griffin, leads the investigation to find her and the identity of the father.
Quite tense in some sections and slow in others; the episodes get progressively more powerful as the end draws near. Great character development and awesome scenery!

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dsw3914
Dec 17, 2017

What an odd, strange, weird, and unusual series. Part noir (New Zealand noir?), part cop story, part cartoon..who knows what it was supposed to be when the filming began? The lines had so many pauses and gazes and unanswered questions that it did not seem like conversations normal people would have. And did I mention that it was odd? This thing made the original Twin Peaks seem like a Disney movie from the 50's.

I would advise one to watch this because it is so odd. Have I mentioned that? But a warning, not a spoiler--don't watch it if the "F" word offends you (I quit counting at about 3,477 uses) and don't watch it if you have had a bad day and are looking for something to brighten up your day. I plan on watching the next series, assuming CALS buys it, just to see if Series 2 is as weird and odd as this one.

Yes, the scenery was as nice and spectacular as others said it was!

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22METZ
Nov 30, 2017

Robin says there were 4 then in season 2 there were 3. Discrepancies and unanswered questions in both seasons.

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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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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

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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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