Top of the Lake (2013–2017)
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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.


Jane Campion


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ling Cooper Tang ... Dang
Kim Gyngell ... Bootie
David Dencik ... Alexander 'Puss'
Angjee Douangphoumy Angjee Douangphoumy ... Joy
Michelle Ny ... Mahlee
Linda Ngo ... Sinn
Merlynn Tong ... Caramel
Elisabeth Moss ... Robin Griffin
Kathleen Haynes Kathleen Haynes ... Sophie
Clayton Jacobson Clayton Jacobson ... Adrian Butler
Hoa Xuande ... Walker
Gwendoline Christie ... Miranda Hilmarson
James O'Connell ... Officer Sizzla
Ben Wood Ben Wood ... Officer Badger
Alice Englert ... Mary




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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Gorgeous and necessary
31 July 2017 | by kevinjk1See all my reviews

This is a little cryptic but I don't want to give anything away, just watch it.

Grim might be the most convenient word to describe this series. It is, however, anything but. Perhaps seedy would be the mood but the destination is a wider affirmation of motherhood in all forms. Motherhood also means resolution which a mini series such as Top of Lake takes full advantage of--a relief from abusive cliffhangers that make a mediocre TV show seem wonderful. The script is dense with double entendres that operate as both a source of suspense of unverified premonitions and of emotional nuance between caregivers, bodies, mothers and of course their children. Comedy also finds it's place thanks to the almost terrifying delicacy of Gwendoline Christie's performance. Visually, the series is indulgent: we see more than we want to see from hallucinations, to nightmares, to daydreams which miraculously, give nothing away. What is left is a handful of deep characters played by a group of actors that render human complication innate.

All this to say, how did we get to all these points when I thought I was watching a police procedural? Bravo!

Also what's with Elisabeth Moss and plot lines around babies?

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10 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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See-Saw Films See more »
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