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Wetlands (2013)

Feuchtgebiete (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 22 August 2013 (Germany)
1:55 | Trailer
The adventures of an eccentric girl who has strange attitudes towards hygiene and sexuality longs for the reunion of her divorced parents.


David Wnendt


Claus Falkenberg (screenplay), David Wnendt (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Juri ... Helen Memel
Christoph Letkowski ... Robin
Marlen Kruse ... Corinna
Meret Becker ... Helens Mutter
Axel Milberg ... Helens Vater
Peri Baumeister ... Schwester Valerie
Edgar Selge ... Dr. Notz
Clara Wunsch Clara Wunsch ... Helen, 8 Jahre
Ludger Bökelmann ... Toni
Bernardo Arias Porras Bernardo Arias Porras ... Michael
Selam Tadese ... Kanell
Pia Röver Pia Röver ... Neue Freundin
Harry Baer ... Neuer Freund
Merlin Rose ... Pommesbuden Junge
Florian Rummel Florian Rummel ... Drummer


The eccentric 18 year-old Helen narrates the story of her life, including stories about her preferred sexual practices that involve vegetables, her attitude towards hygiene, drugs, her best friend Corinna and her challenging childhood. The frame story takes place in a hospital where she is treated because of an anal fissure. During her stay she plans to reunite her divorced parents and falls in love with the male nurse Robin. Written by danipiek

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Get prepared to meet Helen.


Comedy | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The news clip on television that Helen, as a child, is watching with her father and mother, is of the so called Enschede fireworks disaster, which was on May 13th, 2000 and the actual footage was made by Danny de Vries. See more »


Helen Memel: I often mix up reality, lies and dreams.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Ich Erzähle Dir Eine Geschichte
[Played when Helen tells Robin her story about her own 18th birthday gift]
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User Reviews

Excellent piece of cinema, but not for everyone
18 August 2017 | by kikirrikiSee all my reviews

Before I decided to see this movie I was familiar with the phenomena of the novel I even read it but only half way through, because I thought it was not leading anywhere.

Most people around me say that it is pointless and everything the main character does, all her little hygiene experiments, make no sense. Even the few ones who didn't abandon the book half way through.

Since the German critics gave the book positive reviews, I was wondering what's behind it.

I expected the movie to be trash. But it isn't. It is beautifully shot and well edited, the soundtrack is on point and best of all - the leading actress shows such a refreshing talent. At first, her face looks so friendly and familiar. Then she strikes you with all kind of emotions, acted out almost easily.

If you are interested in what happens in the novel and want to treat yourself to a little sexual gore fest, see the movie. However, what I take away from it that feeling you only know if your family is dysfunctional too and the realization that the choices you make in life are an aftermath of that. I hope you are in touch with all your mommy/daddy/sibling issues, if these things don't make you too uncomfortable and you have learned to live with all that - you will be deeply touched by this story.

Warning: see the movie alone, as if you would be reading a book. If you see it with your friend, relative or God forbid: a family member - it might lead to complications in your relationship and you don't need anymore of that.

Luckily the first 5 minutes of the movie show you what you are in for. If you survive this, you're good.

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Release Date:

22 August 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Wetlands See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,488, 7 September 2014

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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