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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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 Robin Griffin (13 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Al Parker (8 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Matt (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Johnno (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Grishina (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Bunny (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Anita (7 episodes, 2013)
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 Luke (7 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Tui (7 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Pyke / ... (7 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Miranda Hilmarson (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Mary (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Prue (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Zena (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Adrian Butler (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Mark (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Alexander 'Puss' (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Anne-Marie (6 episodes, 2013)
Angjee Douangphoumy ...
 Joy (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Mandy (6 episodes, 2013)
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 GJ (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Melissa (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Sinn (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Officer Pete (6 episodes, 2013)
Elaine Crombie ...
 Bev (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Caramel (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Julia (6 episodes, 2017)
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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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Top of the Lake: China Girl  »

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In January 2013, it became the first television series ever to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Later, the entire series was screened at the Berlin Film Festival. See more »

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Referenced in Life Is Strange (2015) See more »

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Excellent offering
8 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is clearly a wonderful piece of work with very precise character development that is lacking in many current productions that have a lot more money to work with. There is a boatload of really skilled actors, a great writer/director, a story with motives slowly and carefully revealed and a beautiful location. As well it is a clever detective story. What more could you want. All the characters seem like real people in that they have all suffered or struggled in some way and are quite imperfect and have all wound in the same place. Really worth a look if you like good stories by professionals who get to tell the story the way they want.


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