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While certainly not for the faint of heart, Wetlands transcends its shock value with sweetness, heart, and subversive wit. Read critic reviews

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After an unfortunate shaving accident lands her in the hospital, a rebellious teen (Carla Juri) bonds with a male nurse (Christoph Letkowski) and schemes to reunite her divorced parents.

Cast & Crew

Carla Juri
Helen Memel
Peri Baumeister
Sister Valerie
Harry Baer
New Boyfriend
David F. Wnendt
Screenwriter
Jakub Bejnarowicz
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Andreas Wodraschke
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Enis Rotthoff
Original Music
Jenny Rösler
Production Design
Elke von Sivers
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Ulrike Müller
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Critic Reviews for Wetlands

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (5)

  • ... The film is packed with subtle, feminist riffs on romantic movie clichés...

    September 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Helen is really rad and funny and brave.

    December 5, 2016 | Full Review…
  • "Wetlands" tells a fairly conventional story in about the most unconventional ways imaginable.

    November 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Even if Wetlands were far less entertaining, it would still be a calling card for Juri's star-is-born performance. The beguiled viewer watches her and thinks, "Bingo!"

    October 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • An absurdly simplistic family drama; the movie's apparent audacity isn't even skin deep.

    September 22, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Yes, you could call Wetlands the anal anti-Amélie, but-although Wnendt is nowhere near as stylistically pedantic-this film has a certain Jeunet-like flamboyance that you'll either love or hate.

    September 18, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wetlands

  • Jan 17, 2015
    While the trailer gave a good glimpse into the amazing craziness of this completely off-the-wall teenage dramedy, about the life of Helen (Juri), it could not possibly show the unparalleled quality of this film. Absurdist, surrealist, full of black comedy, and completely and utterly disgusting, this is a film that features a main character that is beyond classification. Her motivations seem to make no sense, but when we look at her family life, her friends, and learn how she views the world it all makes perfect sense. Even when she is committing unique, dastardly and juvenile slights against those that she loves, it's easy to understand why. She is being rebellious, like any teenager, and her actions are often in revolt against her repressed mother, society, and gender norms. Some scenes are so gross, even hardcore film lovers will flinch and maybe even gag. There are a lot of scenes that feature malformed body parts, bodily functions, and bad hygiene. Throughout this punk character's misadventures we see that she is struggling with real world issues, including self-hatred, nightmares centering on a horrific childhood trauma, and the loss of those who love her. It's a film that revels in absurdity and yet hits you at your core, balancing between its comedy and art-house quality easily.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2015
    'Wetlands' signals the breakthrough for actor Carla Juri. She is incredible as 18-year-old Helen running around wreaking havoc, causing trouble, and finding new and inventive ways to go against the grain of society. In many ways, this is one of the most screwed up family dramas I've seen. Or is it a tale of tested friendship? Or is it a young girl's maturation and finding one's self? Or is it a love story? Whatever it is, it's told in a very unconventional way. Sure it's a gross-out movie on the surface, and believe me there are a few cringe-worthy moments, but that all just seems more like an excuse to get people to watch what is otherwise still a good story underneath. I swear at times Juri reminded me of a young Meg Ryan, though German. She went through tons of emotions in this film from seduction to sadness and euphoria to intrigue. Near the end when her character starts taking drastic measures for attention, or is it a depression she's fallen into suddenly because of her reoccurring dream, Juri brings it across the screen with aplomb. The sexual content and lack of hygiene in a majority of the scenes may turn off many of the viewers, but Juri's strong performance should keep you tuned in the entirety of the way. The soundtrack is sweet and the visuals are engrossing. Maybe wash your hands afterward.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer

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