Top of the Lake

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Top of the Lake
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
Dolby Digital
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Additional Contributors: Campion, Jane 1954-, screenwriter, director
Lee, Gerard 1951-, screenwriter
Hunter, Holly 1958-, Actor
Mullan, Peter Actor
Wenham, David 1965-, Actor
British Broadcasting Corporation production company
BBC Video (Firm) Publisher


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Jan 24, 2015
  • jazpur rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Why? Right on a par with other recent TV dramas from the BBC - Broadchurch and Happy Valley - but this one is set in a remote part of New Zealand in a fictional small town at the head of a lake.The storyline provides a platform for exploring in depth the numerous unsavoury social issues dear to the hearts of the scriptwriters and producers. Filmed mostly in Glenorchy, the scenery is spectacular.The local and international cast and crew were given a splendid opportunity to enjoy the magnificent surroundings and boost the local economy while enacting a singularly unpleasant drama.Like Broadchurch, there may well be a sequel despite Jane Campion's assurances.A dire prospect.

Jan 22, 2015
  • 21221004556327 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If not for the great scenery of New Zealand I don't think I could have watched all six episodes. Elizabeth Moss changes her wooden expression about twice: Maybe she got as confused as I did. Very grim .

Stopped watching during the first disc. Not PG more like 18A.
The storyline of the missing girl gets lost in the mire of the other characters lives! Miserable.

Sep 26, 2014
  • Fionaenzo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Eerie. Well acted. Suspenseful. Disturbing. I would like a sequel too. Reminded me of Appalachia and its meth production culture difficulties.

Aug 23, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Very well acted, but depressing, and the only point seems to be that men are creeps.

Aug 15, 2014
  • cheadlebeagle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this show and I thought Elizabeth Moss was very good although her accent was a bit dodgy at times. I was hoping there would be a sequel sometime.

A thoughtful mystery that unfolds slowly across 6 episodes. Set in a beautiful and rugged landscape and beautifully filmed, I was fully engaged in the journey of the main character as she seeks to unravel, understand and fill in the missing pieces of the mysteries of the town of Laketop as well as her own. Her journey is a true hero's journey that she pursues recklessly and yet it is a story of redemption and healing for by the end she comes to find the great gift of self-trust and true love.
The story is told not only in bold brushstrokes, but subtle ones as well. One of my favorite scenes is set at the home of Al Parker. When she arrives at Al's front door (truely the door to the Monster's Lair) for dinner she initially refuses to take off her coat. Why? Too bad she did not listen to herself in that moment. Good story telling, that. Brava.

Jul 16, 2014
  • whydoIhavetodothis rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Started out great, but by the third episode every single man in the show was a total creep - there was not a single good man portrayed - so I thought the balance was pretty uneven and the storyline moved away from the hunt for the little girl to the main characters life??? Watch it if you want to, but don't buy it.

Jun 28, 2014
  • plpsopa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Haunting, and at times frustrating, mystery. Dialogue is actually thought provoking, though some might find it a bit too "new age-ish." I found the character that Moss played to be at first sympathetic and then slightly irritating in terms of her naivete. Kept my interest to the end, but there needs to be a sequel.

Jun 14, 2014
  • quizzical rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This mini-series is a harrowing tale of men's violence towards women as only Jane Campion can tell it. I was mesmerized, horrified and enthralled by this film. The subject matter is dark and disturbing, in stark contrast to the breathtaking beauty of the landscape. I highly recommend it. I had to turn on the subtitles to understand the dialogue

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Feb 26, 2014
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Feb 26, 2014
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 22, 2014
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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


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Feb 22, 2014
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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