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International Panorama | Feature
D David Wnendt | Germany, 2013
L German
Tags: Adaptation, Black Comedy, Book Club, Coming of Age, Content May Offend, Conversation Starters, Feminism, Sexuality

Meet Helen Memel. She has haemorrhoids and enjoys masturbating on filthy public toilet seats … and that's just before the opening credits!

Describing herself as "a living pussy-hygiene experiment", 18-year-old Helen is obsessed with bodily fluids, has sex with vegetables, swaps used tampons with her best friend and seduces a love interest with a story about bukkake pizza. Oh, and she really wants to reunite her divorced parents. When an anal shaving accident lands her in hospital, she sees her chance.

Called the crassest, most outrageous movie at Sundance by more than one reviewer, Wetlands brings Charlotte Roche's controversial bestselling novel to glorious, icky life, thanks to a gleefully fearless performance by Carla Juri as Helen and graphic, non-judgemental direction from David Wnendt. It's not for the squeamish.

"It's sweet, it's raunchy, it's disgusting, it's hilarious, it's fucked up, it's unpredictable, it's emotionally engaging and it'll really, really piss off any squares who somehow find themselves watching it." – Ain't It Cool News

Contains explicit material that may offend some viewers.

Find the book at Readings.

D David Wnendt P Peter Rommel S Claus Falkenberg, David Wnendt Dist Madman Entertainment L German w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013

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