Critic Consensus: While certainly not for the faint of heart, Wetlands transcends its shock value with sweetness, heart, and subversive wit.
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as Helen Memel
as Helens Mutter
as Helens Vater
as Dr. Notz
as Helen - 8 years
as New Girlfriend
as Neuer Freund
as Boy at Chip Stand
as Marleen - Red-Haired Prostitute
as Woman in Supermarket
as Frederike - Pizza Girl
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Critic Reviews for Wetlands
"Wetlands" tells a fairly conventional story in about the most unconventional ways imaginable.
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!"
An absurdly simplistic family drama; the movie's apparent audacity isn't even skin deep.
Wetlands is one of the most daring, visually arresting, innovative, and imaginative examples of filmmaking to come out of Europe in recent memory.
Audience Reviews for Wetlands
God forbid this film from being remebered only for its obscenity, as it somehow manages to be an insanely good looking film with amazing acting specally from its main star Carla Juri. The film blends drama with comedy perfectly and the subject matter is treated with enough class and cinematographical perfection to make this an obvious wtf movie, but also a magnificent and intiguing journey through the thoughts of a new type of outcast.
Let's just get this out of the way, Wetlands is not for everyone by any means. I consider myself as a brave filmgoer that doesn't shy away from much, no matter how absurd or disgusting the subject matter may be. Wetlands made look away at least three or four times for it's unsettling images of the protagonist going about her daily rituals and other forms of rebelling from personal hygiene. Nevertheless the film does a great job painting a picture of a young girl's coming to terms with repressed emotions of her parents divorce and neglect. Director Whendt comes into his own with this shocker and paves a way that could put him into the same circuit as other modern future cult filmmakers like Von Trier and Miike.
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.
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