SXSW 2014 Review: Wetlands
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Director: David F. Wnendt
Cast: Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Meret Becker, Marlen Kruse, Peri Baumeister, Edgar Selge, Harry Baer
SXGlobal | Rommel Film
Not Rated | 109 Minutes
Release Date: March 7, 2014

Directed by David F. Wnendt (Combat Girls), Wetlands is an adaptation of Charlotte Roche’s best-selling novel, Feuchtgebiete. The film stars Carla Juri as Helen Memel, an 18-year-old schoolgirl who spends several days in the hospital to be treated for an anal fissure.

Let’s back up a second. So, this film begins with Helen announcing to the audience that she has had hemorrhoids ever since she can remember. This leads to an opening credits sequence where we are taken on a magical journey through her anus, following her finger into darkness as she applies a dab of anti-itch cream.

We also learn that Helen has an unusual relationship with her body. She abhors personal hygiene and enjoys the bodily fluids which are secreted or excreted from it, including mucus, smegma, menstrual blood, and semen. Helen attracts sexual partners with her unwashed vulva and the smells emanating from it – she even goes so far as to get a little on her fingers and use it as perfume, applying it behind her ears and on her wrists.

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