Those familiar with director David Wnendt and his previous feature Combat Girls
aren't likely to think 'sex comedy' when they hear his name. Combat Girls
, after all, was a dark and gritty character study, so moving from that to a glossy sex comedy would not be what most consider a typical move. But then, Wetlands
) does not appear to be a typical sex comedy.
Adapted from the hit novel by Charlotte Roche and freshly premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, this is by all accounts a brash and bold film - the synopsis for which strikes me as an extremely unlikely (and very compelling) fusion of Catherine Breillat and Judd Apatow. Here's how Wikipedia describes the novel:
Set in an anonymous German city, Wetlands is told by 18 year-old Helen Memel, a schoolgirl who spends some days in the proctological ward of a hospital to be treated for anal fissure caused by the careless shaving of her anal hair. Deep at heart Helen is lonely and bored, and has been so since the breakup of her parents' marriage. Her secret plan is to reunite her father and mother by having them visit her at the same time. However, her parents seem to have little interest in their daughter's well-being and show up only occasionally, only for short periods of time, and at different hours. When she learns that her surgery, which included the removal of haemorrhoids, has been successful and she is going to be released soon, she desperately looks for means to prolong her hospital stay ...
The trailer for this one is freshly arrived and while it does not include English subtitles, you'll get the point. Check it below.
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