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Top of the Lake: China Girl (2017)




Critic Consensus: Top of the Lake remains impressively idiosyncratic and ambitious in its second season, even if the plot of this six-episode arc isn't quite as tightly wound as its predecessor's.


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In this crime mystery story, Detective Robin Griffin has recently returned to Sydney and is trying to rebuild her life. When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin realizes "China Girl" didn't die alone. Robin looks to the investigation to restore herself, but her problems are personal. Haunted by a daughter given up at birth, Robin desperately wants to find her, yet dreads revealing the truth of her conception. But her search to discover "China Girl's" identity will take her into the city's darkest recesses and closer than she could have imagined to the secrets of her own heart.


Elisabeth Moss
as Det. Robin Griffin
Gwendoline Christie
as Miranda Hilmarson
David Dencik
as Alexander 'Puss' Brown
Clayton Jacobson
as Adrian Butler
Adam Zwar
as Carson
Damon Herriman
as Toni Bolloto
Christopher Stollery
as Brian Vincent
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All the forced coincidences will make your eyes roll, as if Australia is some kind of tiny town where everyone just happens to be connected somehow, criminally and/or romantically.

September 13, 2017 | Full Review…

China Girl is full of aphorisms and statements that might be profound if they weren't so nonsensical.

September 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Kidman, part of the recent ensemble in HBO's Emmy-nominated Big Little Lies, is even more impressive here as the possessive, high-strung Julia while Dencik completely inhabits the role of thoroughly oily "Puss."

September 11, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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For all of China Girl's didacticism, it has great characters, a mischievous sense of humor, grace notes.

September 10, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

China Girl does what True Detective hoped to -- it is intense, disturbing and bizarre without buckling under the weight of its philosophies or politics.

September 7, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Elisabeth Moss [is] shockingly, mesmerisingly good.

September 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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