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Evolves into a rich portrait of hard lives and the possibility of healing.
The series did what independent cinema once did best: take a familiar format and fold it in on itself like origami, until what remains is both totally unexpected and deeply beautiful.
Elisabeth Moss anchors the film as Detective Robin Griffin, a tough cop and restless woman whose curt manner suggests she has secrets.
Creepy and cockeyed, unholy and unnerving, Top Of The Lake is riveting stuff.
The more we learn about Robin, the more interesting she is, and Moss is really outstanding here as a character shaped by a past we gradually learn about.
Here's the truth: we should all be screaming about Jane Campion's masterpiece Top of the Lake all day everyday, because it's some of the best television to come out of New Zealand ever.
Campion's treatment of the material is commendably savage, never letting it become anything close to weepy. It's a complex portrait of a woman who wants to break away from where she's from at the same time she can't help but be part of its evil streak.
The dialogue is measured and never preachy or overwhelming. Events unfold and secrets are unearthed without breaking the peace that hides the corruption and depravity of Laketop.
The mystery hangs over the entire six hours but the story revolves around the characters and the unsettling atmosphere of the community as she churns up the uneasy frontier existence with her investigation.
Audience Reviews for Top of the Lake: Season 1
Dec 11, 2020There go seven hours that my wife and I will never get back. The season managed to get worse with every episode, in terms of developments that made no sense, characters that became less and less interesting and likeable, and subplots that just took up time. Plus, Holly Hunter as probably the most annoying and pointless character she or most other actors have ever played.
Oct 14, 2020everything works well in this production EXCEPT one fundamental thing.the story quickly escalates from rape to double and triple suspicious deaths,at least that's the autopsy of the coroner,one of which happened a year ago the story starts.and yet no one (..) no homicide division from the outside comes.especially with questionable ethics of detective sergeant's queenstown,that have not solved any case.the whole thing is idiotic,of course it is all made in such a way to give small power to the female detective hero robin,and big power to matt mitcham who's the bad guy and of course to sergeant parker,who we see have complete police power over robin,which is weird,considering she was send there as a rape specialist.anyway, THE STORY SUCKS !!
Oct 11, 2020Awesome! I usually can't stand English voiceovers but it's really not that noticeable. I hope they make a season 2!
Oct 07, 2020Embarrassingly awful. Mean-spirited, anti-male in a very bigoted way. All men are bad, all women are either good or have been co-opted by the male hegemony. Not worth the effort put in by the cast.
Sep 04, 2020Stumbled into this one. I have never watched so much as recently and I am glad I tuned into this one.
Jun 30, 2020I was drawn in from the start and held onto until the very end. Incredible acting and story telling. As the show unfolds and more layers of the mystery come to light you can't help but keep watching. 10/10.
Apr 11, 2020This show makes the fatal mistake of creating characters so edgy and bizarre, that they're actually detestable and difficult to watch at all. The mystery's decent, but I cannot get over how unlikable and unwatchable these characters are. Buffalo Bill practically "glows" compared to some of the people in this show. Oof. This is a Corona show for sure.
Jan 26, 2020I hate this show for shooting a dog.
Sep 10, 2019I find it very interesting. Although the "name" I understand the first season; however, once the actress is back to her job, she is no longer on top of the lake.
Jan 17, 2019Absorbing and deeply atmospheric, Top of the Lake takes edgy, disturbing content and delivers powerful performances with lasting impressions.