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Top of the Lake. Mmmm....

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partystress Sat 13-Jul-13 22:17:46

Weird but has me hooked. Anyone else watching?

soimpressed Mon 22-Jul-13 22:57:58

I've been really enjoying it. There is so little worth watching on TV now though so that might be the reason.

specialsubject Tue 23-Jul-13 11:16:02

sticking with it for NZ'ness, but the acting is shocking and it is almost impossible to understand what people are saying. Amused by the bit where the kid in the coffee shop was told to open his mouth when speaking - if female lead and the interchangeable male actors did the same, it would help! The only understandable one is the Scot.

I've spent a lot of time in NZ and had no trouble with their accent, so it is not that - just poor diction.

valiumredhead Tue 23-Jul-13 11:17:54

How odd, I've not had any problems and I am well known for being a bit deafgrin

Oblomov Wed 24-Jul-13 07:42:34

I too understand every word, and have had no trouble with accents. Unusual, because I am normally totally useless.

Offred Wed 24-Jul-13 11:00:25

I found it contrived and uninteresting tbh. Disappointing in a similar way to that BBC thing with Aidan Gillan and Sophie Okonedo in about the twin who was murdered on May Day in that small rural village was. In both of them the quality of the acting and the direction vastly outstripped the storyline and writing in a really irritating way.

OwooenBled Wed 24-Jul-13 11:03:13

I'm sticking with it but can only understand/hear about half of it. I've always found Holly Hunter difficult to follow but in this she is just making strangulated sounds.I think I'll have to resort to subtitles....

BeCool Wed 24-Jul-13 11:55:12

I'm loving it.

Each episode only seems to last about 20 minutes though - woosh! its over.

I'm from NZ and think the diction and claustrophic atmosphere of life in the town is captured very well.

Thought the 7 minute fuck was a bold and very funny moment.

slug Wed 24-Jul-13 12:24:47

I get my homesickness kick from watching it but I agree with the accent issues. Elizabeth Moss makes an attempt but it keeps on going wrong.

There's also a couple of Australians in the cast, their Kiwi accents are pretty good but every now and then a flat 'a' jars the effect.

susiedaisy Wed 24-Jul-13 12:28:06

Does the father of the missing girl have a Scottish accent or have I miss heard him??

BeCool Wed 24-Jul-13 18:39:13

There was a Bbc documentary about NZ films - years ago now. Fronted by Sam Neil. It was called "Cinema of Unease" which was a perfect title. Id love the chance to see it again.

Top of the Lake fits in with this feeling of unease that threads through much NZ film, beautifully.

Flobbadobs Thu 25-Jul-13 12:19:49

Dear God David Wenham is lovely to look at, almost as good as the scenery!!
It's too slow for me tbh, there's drawing the plot out and then there's taking the mickey.. DH is really enjoying it though.

islingtongirl Thu 25-Jul-13 13:30:36

Also watching this. Yes I think Tui's dad has a Scottish accent. Also found shower seen bit weird but wondering if a red herring. Did you see trailer for next episode? Looked like a young girl hanging at one point? Presumably not Tui? Creepy...

Salbertina Fri 26-Jul-13 17:20:45

Stunning cinematography! Quite sold me on visiting NZ a place which had never appealed before. Good acting and script also. A rare treat!

susiedaisy Sat 27-Jul-13 21:39:56

Anyone watching tonight?

GypsyFloss Sat 27-Jul-13 21:47:10

Me...bit confused to be honest.

HellonHeels Sat 27-Jul-13 21:47:10


HellonHeels Sat 27-Jul-13 21:59:27

That police officer is just creepy.

susiedaisy Sat 27-Jul-13 22:03:41

I'm running a bit behind just saw the bit where the father hit himself with the belt at his mothers grave, all a bit odd this week!

valiumredhead Sat 27-Jul-13 22:24:09

Of course Ruiz's dad has a Scottish ascentgrin

Way too many big story lines this week-the drugs,tui's dad, the rape the hanging!!

valiumredhead Sat 27-Jul-13 22:24:27


OldRider Tue 30-Jul-13 08:24:32

Loving it but struggling with the it me, my TV, my ears? Not sure I know what's going on either, but still glued!

Highlander Tue 30-Jul-13 08:31:28

Tui's dad is played by Peter Mullen; well known Scottish actor/writer.

Treagues Tue 30-Jul-13 08:42:06

I like it a lot, but I really like Jane Campion. It feels very recognisable as her work, so a bit different and a bit weirder and a lot darker than comparable series. It's hard to watch but a real treat.

cornyblend37 Tue 30-Jul-13 08:48:26

I'm also struggling to understand the accents.
I don't know if I'm enjoying it that much...the only character that I like is Tui.
All the adults seem to be really horrible, seedy people (including the police).

Treagues Tue 30-Jul-13 08:52:17

There is a bewildering array of accents, it's true grin
I think everyone's mumbling because they're fucked up and struggling.

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