TOP OF THE LAKE Preview; Jane Campion’s Haunting Miniseries Stays With You
Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake definitely has something darkly meditative about it. Top of the Lake was the first television series to be screened ever at Sundance. The series is reminiscent of works like The Killing or even Twin Peaks, where a special investigator begins unraveling a disturbing central mystery that is ripping a small remote town apart.
Robin (Elizabeth Moss) who’s home in New Zealand visiting her cancer stricken mother when a twelve year old girl, Tui (Jacqueline Joe) the daughter of a drug lord is found to be five months pregnant. Tui disappears.
Robin trys to investigate Tuis disappearnce but is stopped by the police forces, police investigators (David Wenham) and the “The Bogans” which are rednecks.
Robin is confronted from the demons from her past. The lake used in the title has its own way of keeping things centralized and has its own history of violence and death.
Campion, who co-wrote and directed the series, uses minimul dialogue and sound track, letting the setting which is a stunning New Zealand backdrop speack all for itsself. The series has alot in common with the Kenneth Branagh series Wallander.
This is one of the best series of its kind that has come around in a long time, so even though its slightly hidden on the Sundance channel, take the time to check it out. You will not be disappointed.