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Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.
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S2.E1 China Girl
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In the wake of New Zealand's devastating events, troubled Detective Robin returns to Sydney for a fresh start, however, the wounds of the past are deep and angry, moreover, a suitcase ...


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Monday, April 15, 2013
S1.E7 Episode #1.7
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Robin is squashed under the burden of Matt's disclosures, nevertheless, she will gather up her remaining strength for a valiant ultimate effort to locate Tui, utterly unprepared however...


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In New Zealand's rugged and mountainous South Island, Tui Mitcham, a 12-year-old pregnant girl, has been missing in a vast area near a lake with glacial waters. She is already five months pregnant, moreover, she keeps the father's name to herself. For this reason, Sydney's brave, yet inexperienced Detective Robin Griffin who specialises in crimes against minors comes to her rescue, returning reluctantly back to her hometown and her well-hidden past. Inevitably, this alarming and mysterious case of disappearance will bring the determined detective up against long-lost acquaintances, and eventually, innocent Tui's uninvolved father Matt who has earned quite an unholy reputation in the region. In the end, as Robin gets gradually obsessed with solving the obscure case, her investigation will shortly lead her to a recovery camp led by the enigmatic sexagenarian silver-haired guru GJ, and a side of herself, that up until now, was meticulously kept at bay. Written by Nick Riganas

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Terrific and Haunting
10 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Top of the Lake follows you around long after you've finished an episode (or the entire series, for that matter). It operates with a sophisticated sense of naturalism, which probably initially alienated many viewers begging to be bashed over the head with plot details. This is not simply a subtle noir, but a meditation on identity, which provides the necessary ammunition for some powerful performances from Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan and Holly Hunter, as well as others.

This is an atmospheric detective story, not an action-packed whodunnit. You will find yourself both disgusted with and moved by humanity as the finale's credits roll.


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