Savor the Graphic Sexual Experimentation of Wetlands

Savor the Graphic Sexual Experimentation of <i>Wetlands</i>

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Angelika Film Center New York

18 W. Houston St.
New York, NY 10012

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Greenwich Village

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Wetlands
Directed by David Wnendt
Strand Releasing
Opens September 5, Angelika Film Center



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Girls behave very, very grossly in Wetlands, a German coming-of-age saga doused in blood, spit, and more sexually explicit excretions. David Wnendt's adaptation of Charlotte Roche's 2008 novel is an aesthetically amped-up affair, full of segmented screens, oversaturated colors, trippy special effects, and drugged-out flashbacks and dream sequences that embellish the story of Helen (Carla Juri) and her "living-pussy-hygiene experiment." That ongoing research involves wiping her genitals on dirty toilet seats, sharing homemade tampons with her boarding-school best friend Corinna (Marlen Kruse), and crudely shaving her hemorrhoids — the last of which lands her in the hospital, where surgery is soon required to remove part of her anus. Stuck in bed, Helen attempts to woo a nurse named Robin (Christoph Letkowski) with raunchy tales of whores and mass pizzaman masturbation — all of it visualized in over-the-top graphic fashion by Wnendt — while also trying, through her infirm circumstances, to reunite her divorced parents (Meret Becker and Axel Milberg). This last aim makes clear that Helen's extreme behavior is at once a reaction to, and rebellion against, her mother and father (and their separation), which, along with a captivating go-for-broke lead turn by Juri, lends the film a poignancy to help offset the juvenile shock-tactic impulses.

 
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