Top of the Lake

Last watched 2009

Summary:

When a young girl tries to drown herself in a lake, it is discovered that she is pregnant. Robin Griffin, a police inspector from Sydney who specialises in children, is flown in to interview her.

I won’t go any further as it’s a Noir and pretty much everything else would be spoilers.

Opinion:

I love Jane Campion. I also love Phillipa Cambell who came in to talk at my high school one time. I also love Elizabeth Moss and Holly Hunter because, like, who the fuck can dislike them. I like Moss enough to forgive her the terrible accent she puts on.

It’s been a while since I’ve watched Top of the Lake and I’ve only seen the first season. I remember it as being well written and compelling, though I found the ending a little bit of a let down. I don’t think that it’s a spoiler to say that child molestation is used as a shock tactic. It’s used as a way to signify (without any real exploration, sensitivity or depth) that a character is bad. I hate that because it smacks of lazy writing.

The show isn’t lazy. It has very well crafted characters and plot, which is why the ending felt a little bit like a let down.

Pros: Female director, female producer, antipodean production, Elizabeth Moss and Holly Hunter, girls of colour cast
Cons: stock standard ‘bad guy’
Genre: Film noir

Light/heavy rating: 7
Approach carefully if: you have difficulty with drug use, date rape, child rape

Can be found: Netflix?

If you liked, I recommend: the Fall, the Killing, der Broen, Twin Peaks? (I hated Twin Peaks but everyone else seems to like it)

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