Marwencol

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Released 2010

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Director:
Jeff Malmberg
Released:
2010
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Marwencol is a documentary about Mark Hogancamp who, after a terrible beating left him brain damaged, began creating models of a fictional town, Marwencol, to process the trauma. Jeff Malmberg's documentary explains how Hogancamp uses the elaborate dioramas as stand-ins for real life. When Hogancamp's work attracts the attention of a prestigious New York art gallery, however, he's forced to leave the safety of his make-believe world and reconnect with the real one.

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  • 91

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This tender documentary considers the mysteries of both art and coping.

  • 90

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Four years in the making, Marwencol emerges as a number of things: an absorbing portrait of an outsider artist; a fascinating journey from near-death to active life; a meditation o...

  • 70

    Variety

    Hogancamp is a complex character, and Marwencol introduces the man in layers, creating an incomplete yet sympathetic portrait specialty audiences and hipsters can agree on.

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    Documentary, Drama, Science

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    Historical, Culture, Biography, Psychology & Sociology