Wetlands (2014)

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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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Eighteen year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard, masturbate with vegetables and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents' divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse). When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents, but ends up forming an unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski) in the process. (C) Strand
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Carla Juri
as Helen Memel
Meret Becker
as Helens Mutter
Axel Milberg
as Helens Vater
Marlen Kruse
as Corinna
Edgar Selge
as Dr. Notz
Selam Tadese
as Kanell
Clara Wunsch
as Helen - 8 years
Pia Röver
as New Girlfriend
Harry Baer
as Neuer Freund
Merlin Rose
as Boy at Chip Stand
Florian Rummel
as Drummer
Anna König
as Marleen - Red-Haired Prostitute
Ramona Kunze-Libnow
as Woman in Supermarket
Christian Natter
as Pizzabote
Monika Obmalko
as Frederike - Pizza Girl
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Critic Reviews for Wetlands

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (20)

"Wetlands" tells a fairly conventional story in about the most unconventional ways imaginable.

Full Review… | November 12, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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!"

Full Review… | October 16, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

An absurdly simplistic family drama; the movie's apparent audacity isn't even skin deep.

Full Review… | September 21, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Crass, vulgar, and brilliant.

Full Review… | September 18, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Wetlands is one of the most daring, visually arresting, innovative, and imaginative examples of filmmaking to come out of Europe in recent memory.

Full Review… | September 11, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Its nastiness sings, instead of stings.

Full Review… | September 11, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Pablo Gonzalez
Pablo Gonzalez

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.

Brandon Smith
Brandon Smith
½

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.
Spencer S.

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