Watch the very, very NSFW trailer for 'Wetlands'

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Helen doesn’t care about hygiene. At all. That’s the simplest, most-safe-for-work description of Wetlands, a German sex comedy that premiered at Sundance this year. Any more detail, and we veer into some uncomfortable descriptions.

The film’s based on the extremely successful, if critically debated, book Wetlands by Charlotte Roche, which follows Helen (who calls herself “my own garbage disposal”) as she gives herself an anal lesion in a shaving accident and recovers in the hospital.

The film, directed by David Wnendt, and starring Carla Juri happily embraces gross-out in its latest trailer—there’s blood and garbage and plants(?)—even while it reveals the love story that develops in its later acts. As generally positive reviews of the film have noted, the shock value comes part and parcel with a great performance from Juri.

So Wetlands shocks, but it’s up to other things too. After all, it would be easy to write off Wetland as just another gross out comedy, if there weren’t few female-centered films of the sort. In that sense, something about Wnendt’s straightforward approach seems almost daring.

If you are willing to face up to some pretty intense depictions of bodily fluids, Wetlands might turn out to have some hidden surprises. And I’m not going for a double entendre there.



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