Bambi Awards 2013
Best Actress - National
German Film Awards 2014
Film Award in Gold
Best Performance by an Actress in a
Leading Role (Beste darstellerische
Leistung - Weibliche Hauptrolle)
Best Editing (Bester Schnitt)
Locarno International Film Festival 2013
Sundance Film Festival 2014
Grand Jury Prize
World Cinema - Dramatic
(German: Feuchtgebiete) is a 2013 German drama film and directed by David
Wnendt. It is also a gross out film. It is based on the 2008 novel of the same
name by Charlotte Roche. The film premiered in International competition at the
2013 Locarno International Film Festival on August 11, 2013.
The film later premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition
at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014. After its premiere at
Sundance Film Festival, Strand Releasing acquired the US distribution right of
18-year old Helen likes to use vegetables for masturbation and believes that
body hygiene is considered as too important in our society. She provokes others
by saying and doing things most people would not even dare to imagine.
Helen''s parents are divorced and she wishes desperately that they come back
together. But her mother is depressive, hygiene-obsessed and mentally unstable,
and her father is a very insensitive man who seems not to take notice of what
people around him think and feel.
Helen often seems to be very alone and feels unloved in the world. Only her best
friend Corinna makes her feel more comfortable and together with her, she breaks
many taboos of society.
By shaving her anal hair too fast, she cuts herself badly and needs to go to
hospital. There she plans to get her parents back together and charms her
handsome nurse Robin, who is still suffering from a relationship with another
nurse working in the hospital which is already over for two years. That woman
does not get along at all with Helen, is still stuck on Robin, and makes Helen''s
life in the hospital more difficult. But Helen and Robin fall in love with each
other during Helen''s stay in the hospital.
During the movie one learns more and more that the reason for Helen''s behaviour
is a very traumatic experience she had when she was eight years old. At the end
of the movie, she reflects this trauma by saying that she finally talked to her
little brother and that this was the hardest talk she ever had: still being a
child, she found her mother trying to kill herself and Helen''s little brother
using the gas from the oven.