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Marwencol

Marwencol

Director: Jeff Malmberg
Writer: N/A
Starring: Mark Hogancamp
Review By: Griff

In 2000 Mark Hogancamp was attacked outside a bar by five teenage boys. He was badly beaten and ended up in a coma for 9 days. When Mark finally woke up his brain was badly damaged and he had no recollection of his life before the accident. Mark spent some time in physical therapy and had to relearn how to do basic tasks (walking, etc.).
When he is sent home, Mark begins to create an alternate world (Marwencol) for himself using dolls to help him cope with his trauma.

This was an interesting documentary. It becomes pretty obvious early on that Mark was a peculiar man even before the accident. His penchant for wearing women’s shoes seems to be the reason that he was attacked. A raging alcoholic, Mark was very drunk and decided to tell these young men that he liked to cross dress. They took offense and attacked him outside the bar.

Mark’s quirkiness aside, its revealed that he was a pretty talented artist before the attack. Post attack he can no longer hold his hand steady enough to draw so he turns to creating elaborate scenes with dolls and outlet for his creativity and means of dealing with the world around him.

This is an engaging look into the world of a troubled, sometimes creepy, but decidely talented artist. I definitely recommend checking this movie out. My only complaint is that for some reason they seem to have left out some of the details. I kept waiting for one of those “what’s going on now.” text montages at the end of the film and it never came. They never explain what happened to the teenagers that attacked him. We assume they are in jail but it is never revealed for how long. Also, the climax of the film involves Mark going to New York to show his work and they never explain if he sold any of pictures or not. Fortunately, I was able to do a little research on the google box and I know that he can’t sell his pictures because it will put him in jeopardy of losing his disability checks. I never did find an answer to the first question though. Perhaps there is some more detail on the DVD. You may want to check it out if you are interested.

Marwencol gets 2 guys from me.

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