top of the lake.


For those who have already seen this haunting mini-series, it will not come as a surprise to you that lead actress, Elisabeth Moss, won a Golden Globe for her performance in it.  I only just watched the seven-episode series, over two return flights, and was both captivated and riveted by it.  For those of you who haven’t seen it, it is well worth the seven-hour time investment.  The beauty of watching it now, is that you can feast on all episodes back-to-back and don’t have to bite your nails in suspense, waiting for a week’s time to pass between them as you would have to during a current television airing.  Filmed and set in a fictitious small town in New Zealand, the mystery-drama follows a detective, Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss), investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl, Tui Mitcham.  The foreshadowing is somewhat predictable, but there are just enough small-town secrets and elaborately introduced plot-lines to keep your interest intact.  Holly Hunter plays a curious character, GJ, an odd, androgynous, oracle figure, truth-teller, spiritual leader [that was a mouthful] of a new age women’s group.  It is as dark and disturbing as it is beautiful.  What I remember most throughout the series was a brilliant showcasing of human frailties, faults, doubts and inadequacies.  Top of the Lake comes to a distinct ending and the series co-creator, Jane Campion, says there will be no additional seasons.  This is the only disappointing thing I found about it.  Available on NetFlix and iTunes.

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