Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Here’s what you need to know about Wetlands: Carla Juri, who plays the central character, is terrific in it. She gives one of the most magnetic performances I’ve seen all year; she’s captivating to watch, no matter what goes on in the film. And Wetlands definitely tries to push buttons. Juri plays a young woman who has slightly more exaggerated relationship with sex and her body than most people. She’s given to flights of fancy, and impulsive behavior. After she suffers an intimate and unusual injury she’s put in a position where many of her simmering problems come to the surface. Check out the Wetlands trailer below. (Technically this isn’t a red-band trailer, but you should probably approach it as if it were.)
This trailer is definitely not safe for work.
While I love Juri’s work in the film, I can’t say I really like Wetlands all that much. (I reviewed it at Sundance.) It squanders its best concepts, and is satisfied to rest at “glib” all too often. But Juri is good enough that I’d still tell you to see it.
Wetlands opens limited on September 5. Trailer via Strand Releasing.
Eighteen year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard, masturbate with vegetables and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents’ divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse). When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents, but ends up forming an unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski) in the process.