Other movies have tried to take an irreverent approach to the coming of age of troubled adolescent females, but this astoundingly gross – and gratifyingly smart – German comic shockeroo leaves them all in the shade. Twentysomething actress Carla Juni is a whirlwind of inappropriate bodily functions as teenage skateboarder Helen, hospitalized with an anal fissure caused by a “lady shaving” accident and hung up on her no-good parents’ recent divorce. Helen’s sexual misadventures with boys and girls may recall Italian giallo pics and H’wood exploitationers, but the story – adapted by director David Wnendt and writers Claus Falkenberg and Sabine Pochhammer from Charlotte Roche’s novel – is actually a sweet tale of a girl with more love than she knows what to do with. And besides, Ms. Juni is as beautiful as she is talkative. Nevertheless, it’s not for the squeamish (109 min.).
Director: David Wnendt
Producer: David Wnendt
Cast: Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Marlen Kruse, Meret Becker, Axel Milberg, Peri Baumeister, Edgar Selge and Harry Baer