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Wetlands (2013 film)

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David Wnendt

Music director
Enis Rotthoff



Comedy, Drama

Story by

Carla Juri with short curly hair and blue and violet nail polish in the movie poster of the 2013 German drama film, Wetlands

Release date
August 11, 2013 (2013-08-11) (Locarno Film Festival)

Based on
Claus Falkenberg (screenplay), David Wnendt (screenplay), Sabine Pochhammer, Charlotte Roche (novel)

David Wnendt, Claus Falkenberg

(Helen Memel), (Helen's Father), (Helen's Mother),
Peri Baumeister
(Valerie), (Robin), (Dr. Notz)

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Get ready for Helen.

Wetlands (German: Feuchtgebiete) is a 2013 German drama film and directed by David Wnendt. It is based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Charlotte Roche and focuses on feminist issues, sexuality, and coming of age. The film premiered in International competition at the 2013 Locarno International Film Festival on August 11, 2013.


Carla Juri lying on the bed while her panty is on her legs in a scene from the 2013 German drama film, Wetlands

The film later premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014. After its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Strand Releasing acquired the US distribution rights for the film.

Carla Juri sitting on a toilet bowl while looking at her finger in a scene from the 2013 German drama film, Wetlands


Carla Juri lying on the bed while touching her butt in a scene from the 2013 German drama film, Wetlands

18-year-old Helen uses vegetables for masturbation and believes that body hygiene is overrated in our society. She provokes others by saying and doing things most people would not even dare to imagine.

Carla Juri with a tight-lipped smile while wearing a blouse in a scene from the 2013 German drama film, Wetlands

Helen's parents are divorced and she desperately wishes that they get back together. But her mother is depressive, hygiene-obsessed and mentally unstable, and her father is insensitive and seems not to take notice of what people around him think. She also has a quiet, younger brother whom she teases by taking his stuffed bear.

Carla Juri in an explicit scene with a man from the 2013 German drama film, Wetlands

Helen feels alone and unloved in the world. Only her best friend Corinna makes her feel comfortable. Together they break many of society's taboos.

Carla Juri riding on a skateboard while wearing a black long sleeve shirt and black skirt in a scene from the 2013 film, Wetlands

By shaving her anal hair too fast, she cuts herself badly and needs to go to hospital. There she plans to get her parents back together and charms her handsome nurse Robin, who is still suffering from a relationship with another nurse from two years before. That nurse does not get along with Helen and is still infatuated with Robin. She makes Helen's life in the hospital more difficult, but Helen and Robin fall in love during her hospital stay.

Carla Juri lying on the bed while Edgar Selge together with other nurses are looking at her butt in a scene from the 2013 film, Wetlands

Helen's behaviour is revealed to be related to a traumatic experience she had when she was eight years old. At the end of the movie, she reflects on this trauma by saying that she finally talked to her little brother and that this was the hardest talk she ever had: still being a child, she found her mother trying to kill herself and Helen's little brother, using the gas from the oven. In the end Helen gives up on idea of bringing her parents back together and decides to go and stay with Robin.


Carla Juri with short curly hair and blue and violet nail polish in the 2013 German drama film, Wetlands

  • Carla Juri as Helen Memel
  • Christoph Letkowski as Robin
  • Marlen Kruse as Corinna
  • Meret Becker as Helen's mother
  • Axel Milberg as Helen's father
  • Edgar Selge as Dr. Notz
  • Peri Baumeister as Schwester Valerie
  • Reception

    Wetlands received mostly positive reviews from critics. Scott Foundas of Variety said in his review that "Director David Wnendt and breakout star Carla Juri leave no bodily orifice unexplored in this spiky, smartly packaged commercial enterprise." Boyd van Hoeij, in his review for The Hollywood Reporter, called the film "A poppy take on boundary-pushing sexual matters featuring a stellar breakthrough performance." Eric Kohn of Indiewire graded the film B+ and praised the performance of Carla Juri and film by saying that "Juri’s energetic performance – coupled with an equally jumpy soundtrack that includes Canned Heat and Peaches – manages to root the endeavor in fairly credible pathos, particularly with relation to her desire to see her parents reunite. If we’re stuck with coming-of-age stories as a genre that storytellers must engage time and again, at least in the case of “Wetlands” the usual formula gets a much-needed jolt, while capably recognizing the aspects of the material that work on autopilot. The shock value only goes so far as a gimmick. "Wetlands" succeeds because, like Helen, it manages to sincerely embrace its taboos."

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