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07:08 AM on 02/23/13 
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Synopsis12 years old and 5 months pregnant, Tui Mitcham walks into a freezing lake ... then disappears. Detective Robin Griffin returns home to investigate, but it's not a simple missing persons case. In this breathtaking but remote mountain town, there are evil forces as powerful as the land itself. And those who offer a glimpse of paradise also provide a path to hell. Trapped where happiness and honest work are just out of reach, Griffin must not only find the girl but also face her own haunting past. With the men that she once left behind now standing in her way, every step closer to solving the case unearths a dangerous truth about herself.


CastElisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin
Cohen Holloway as Mike
Holly Hunter as GJ
Peter Mullen as Tsui
Sarah Valentine as Prue
David Wenham as Al Parker
Thomas M. Wright as Johnno Mitchum


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Various Reviews (Vulture, Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire, The Guardian, Variety)

Thoughts on this, anyone? Getting basically rave reviews across the board. I know I'm fairly excited to see if this shapes up. I expect Campion's name being attached will get a few of you interested.
01:01 PM on 02/23/13 
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I haven't seen much of Campion's films for quite some time now and I wasn't a fan when I saw them, so it'll be interesting to see how this turns out. The trailers don't do much for me either and I'm not sure how I feel about Moss in the lead role. She seems very over-stimulated here and I can see her performance turn grating for me.
01:27 PM on 02/23/13 
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The national tragedy of interesting filmmakers going to television continues.
01:48 PM on 02/23/13 
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The national tragedy of interesting filmmakers going to television continues.

It's weird to think that we no longer live in a landscape that's also interested in bringing stories to the small screen. Works like Berlin Alexanderplatz, Fanny and Alexander, The Decalogue, Twin Peaks, Portrait of a Young Girl..., Mysteries of Lisbon, Carlos, etc stand as important overlaps that prove the small screen's importance in telling rich stories. I honestly wish more auteurs would venture into Television.
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It's weird to think that we no longer live in a landscape that's also interested in bringing stories to the small screen. Works like Berlin Alexanderplatz, Fanny and Alexander, The Decalogue, Twin Peaks, Portrait of a Young Girl..., Mysteries of Lisbon, Carlos, etc stand as important overlaps that prove the small screen's importance in telling rich stories. I honestly wish more auteurs would venture into Television.

A lot of those are a different breed of television, however. I consider the full version of Carlos and Fanny and Alexander to be films, and foreign television is a different scenario than ours. The format of a movie is still superior, even if there has been some great television.
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05:14 PM on 03/17/13 
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This premieres tomorrow on Sundance. Early word is very positive.
10:32 PM on 03/18/13 
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Anyone catch this tonight? Worth watching?
10:35 PM on 03/18/13 
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Anyone catch this tonight? Worth watching?
Watching the first episode in a bit here, I'll report back with thoughts. Seems to be definitely worth your time though, based solely off critical reception so far.
01:09 AM on 03/22/13 
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This ended up being much longer than I expected, and it's probably poorly-written because I threw it together in like 10 minutes, but it's still technically some sort of review, so hopefully some of you can take at least something from it. I'll tag it all just in case.


Just finished the first episode, and I gotta say, there was quite a bit to like. I'm not familiar with Campion much at all, so I won't be able to comment on where this would land in her oeuvre or anything, but it was shot beautifully (most of the exterior framing, especially in the opening scenes, was flawless), and written quite well. As of right now, the character backgrounds are what's most interesting, because everything with Tui and the actual pregnancy/main story/etc. is playing out just like a typical police procedural episode, so while it was crucial to moving the plot along, it was hardly a stand-out segment of the episode; her mother and half-brother immediately stood out as much more interesting/mysterious.

I don't know whether or not it was accurate, having next to no knowledge of New Zealand, but what was depicted of the area conveyed it as one big seedy underbelly, and it all came off as quite intimidating. The Mitchum family clearly has a lot of stake in the goings-on around the area, so I'm assuming large drug business, and they were all particularly terrifying due to the charm and charisma they possessed; you can still though that the two grown sons are still very scared of their father, and I see that playing a large part in the second half of this series. The writers did kind of slap us in the face with the whole 'salmon fishing' thing, but there are definitely worse ways that scene could have started out.

Elisabeth Moss, while sporting one of the spottiest accents of the year (between her and Spacey, man, I don't know what the deal is lately), succeeded in nearly every other aspect of the character. She underplays the part of 'cop returning to hometown and having to juggle new case and old wounds' and it's a good thing she did, because that's the type of thing that could easily make a series like this fall apart. They don't shoehorn in any typical female cop tropes; the seeds of her history with the town and case are planted slowly, and while a few things still fell flat (the scene at her father's in particular), most of it manages to raise intrigue rather than elicit groans.

The one big issue I have is with the whole Holly Hunter area of the show. I don't understand whether she's running a women's shelter, or a cult or whatever, but nearly everything involving it just feels implausible. Renting shipping containers and moving out to the middle of a field and still convincing a handful of women (none of which seemed to be all that tortured, mentally or otherwise) to accompany you? I don't know, maybe there's some cultural undertone attached to all that which I'm completely glossing over. Luckily, this was the least focused area of the episode, so it's really hard to lash out at it after only an hour. I still have faith that all involved with this know what they're doing and how to make it play out.

So yeah, I dug it, along with having a few minor gripes. The ending was a bit unexpected, but I liked it a lot; the rack focus was utilized just right. I got the feeling that this was clearly a set-up episode, and the body in the water right before the cut to black kind of confirmed that. I expect this to get much darker, and I hope I'm correct, because I know I'll enjoy it a lot more if that's the case.
06:38 AM on 03/22/13 
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Will have to check this out.
12:20 AM on 03/23/13 
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Not perfect, but decent enough first episode. Will keep checking it out for now.
01:48 PM on 04/14/13 
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I'm loving this.
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Sundance is marathoning it right now since the finale is tomorrow night, looking forward to diving into it.
03:31 PM on 04/14/13 
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Elisabeth Moss hass been killin' it.



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