Top of the Lake (2013– )
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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 with a rather appalling content summons dark memories.



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Merlynn Tong ...
Kathleen Haynes ...
Officer Sizzla
Officer Badger


The detective needs to get away from NZ and goes to work in Australia. A daughter that she gave up when she was 16 is also in Australia. An Asian girl in a suitcase is found on the beach which begins the detective's first case in her new home. Written by MBP

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Mary is played by Alice Englert, the daughter of series creator/writer/director Jane Campion. See more »


The German character Alexander "Puss" Braun is portrayed by a Swedish-Danish actor. He pronounces a few German lines, words and names with a typical Swedish accent. His English accent is neither Swedish, Danish or German. However, as nothing about his backstory adds up, he may be lying about his German origin as well. See more »


Alexander 'Puss': The destiny of man is to enslave women...
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Episode 1
13 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

I thought the first series of the Top of the Lake was a confused mess. I was surprised to see it return for a second series and this time they have Nicole Kidman as a guest star which is a real casting coup.

The action has moved from New Zealand where Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) uncovered a paedophile ring and shot a corrupt police officer.

Robin has come to Australia for a new start training recruits but it seems she has not got over the events of the first series nor got any counselling for it.

We see that the male recruits are sexist and juvenile leading Robin to lose her temper and overpower one of the new recruits.

The mystery which was well shot is that of a body of prostitute in a suitcase which is washed up on the beach. It is the only interesting part of the drama.

Even the appearance of Kidman as some kind of bohemian feminist lesbian is a bore.

Episode one was enough for me, after struggling through series one I will be bailing out without watching any further. Even my wife was disinterested and she liked Kidman's other series this year, Big Little Lies.

Looking back I have always found Jane Campion's work impenetrable. The only interesting thing about The Piano was the music.

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