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Attention Scandal! After Charlotte Roche's novel "Wetlands" has already shocked, inspired and repulsed more than 2.5 million readers, it was of course only a matter of time before a filmmaker would dare to approach this subject. It was clear from the outset that an adaptation of the book would not be easy, as Roche describes a number of things in the work that could never have been visually realized in their clarity without the film immediately landing on the index. But with David Wnendt ("Warrior") a young filmmaker was found who has exactly the right ambitions and the right feel for craftsmanship to translate a book like "Wetlands" into an adequate visual language.
The story was only changed in nuances for the film version. The focus is on the student Helen (Carla Juri), for whom there is only one thing from which she has to suffer even more than from the divorce of her parents (Meret Becker & Axel Milberg). For an eternity she has been tormented by painful haemorrhoids, against which even the help of her best friend and blood sister Corinna (Marlen Kruse) can do little. Helen loves to break taboos and explore boundaries. And for this the depilation of the genital area is also an evil to which the young woman inevitably exposes herself. But a sharp razor blade in the lower body region, hemorrhoids and carelessness are not a good combination. And so, after a particularly painful and bloody intimate shave, Helen ends up in hospital, where she not only wins the attention of Chief Physician Prof. Notz (Edgar Selge) with her unusual injury and her uninhibited manner. The sympathetic nurse Robin (Christoph Letkowski) is also quickly taken with the unconventional girl. For Helen, who hopes to be able to reunite her parents by staying in hospital, Robin quickly becomes an important ally - and perhaps even too much more…
With the first attitude, with which the expectations of the audience are apparently confirmed, only to be led ad absurdum in a very original way, director Wnendt shows that he knows very well how to put his very own stamp on the original. When it comes to camera work and editing, he always shows a finesse, which you also have to give a positive testimonial to, even if you aren't really enthusiastic about the movie's content or even disgusted by it. In terms of craftsmanship, "wetlands" are beyond any doubt, which can also be claimed with small compromises from the acting performances.
The problem, however, is that the "shock effects" bury all the positive aspects under themselves again and again. Already in the book the clear language and the very explicit descriptions of not always appetizing things were so much in the foreground that the perhaps quite interesting psychological and dramaturgical aspects of the story were completely degraded to a minor matter. And the film suffers as a result. Of course, this raises the question of the necessity of choosing a language that is nevertheless very clear in word and image. The story and its characters don't get the chance to really develop and there is even the impression, that with the "disgust effects" a certain superficiality could be concealed.
However, this doesn't really matter. Because where the majority of the buyers of the book have not already decided to buy "wetlands" on the basis of history, most viewers will only buy a cinema ticket because they want to be shocked and because they want to have their say. Especially in the media, film and books do not attract attention because of their psychological or technical qualities, but only because of their uninhibited language. Without them the novel would have disappeared completely into insignificance and even after the film no cock would crow. Does that make "wetlands" a bad movie? Certainly not, even if this is a matter of personal discretion in this particular case. Everyone must decide for themselves whether they find what they see refreshingly provocative and amusing or simply disgusting and unnecessarily tasteless. The fact is, however, that the movie doesn't get the attention it deserves because of the aspects it's supposed to be given.
Therefore, if you've read the book and are one of those who actually liked it, you'll enjoy the film version very much. This is ensured by the really good staging style and the convincing actors. But if you don't want to be shown everything in unembellished clarity and if the first sentences of the novel are already on your stomach, you should avoid these "wetlands".
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