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3.2
421 Ratings

Wetlands

Feuchtgebiete

Directed by David Wnendt
Germany, 2013
Drama, Comedy

Synopsis

Helen is a nonconformist teenage girl who maintains a conflictual relationship with her parents. Hanging out most of her time with her friend Corinna, with whom she breaks one social taboo after another, she uses sex as a way to rebel and break the conventional bourgeois ethic.

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Wetlands Directed by David Wnendt
Wetlands reminded me of the scientists in A Clockwork Orange (1971), it tries to force our eyes open to the violence of the body. Ultimately, whatever disgusting thing is happening on screen, the real abjection is that this is a film that refuses its own fiction.
November 28, 2014
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Wnendt’s filmmaking is showily energetic, giving old Trainspotting-style devices yet another go-round in a deglamorized context. These techniques are less irritating than one might expect, but the film’s gleeful defying of taboos would not succeed without Juri in the starring role. She brings a sly charisma to the film… Moment to moment she gives a brightly personal turn to material that could have easily felt like it was trying even harder than it is.
September 13, 2014
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I’m going to be upfront here: this is one of those movies that really make me resent having to give out star ratings… Even though “Wetlands” is absolutely, brutally unrelenting in its depictions of bodily functions and searching adolescent sexuality, it’s also an inventively sharp, briskly edited, spectacularly-acted post-adolescent coming-of-age story.
September 05, 2014
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