Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Wetlands: DVD Review

Wetlands: DVD Review

Rating: R18
Released by Madman Home Ent

Talk about pushing buttons.

German movie Wetlands is likely to outrage the more conservative with its opening 10 minutes which involve masturbation with vegetables, extremely dirty toilets and more frank talk than you'd expect in an Irvine Welsh novel.

It's the story of Helen, an outsider who explores all her sexual taboos and society's no-nos with a joie de vivre and shocking simplicity. When she ends up in hospital, she and a nurse end up forming a relationship - and Helen's life starts to change.

There's a punky vibe to this film, and there's no denying the energy, day glo colours and energy of the lead help it propel along, making the shocking seem relatively ordinary and all part of daily life, as well as acceptable. Essentially a coming of age tale (in more ways than one) stick with Wetlands past its bold opening section - it's rewarding but in ways you may not expect.

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