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May 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Marwencol

Director: Jeff Malmberg
Stars: Mark Hogancamp
Reviewed by: Klash

Suffering from brain damage and permanent memory loss , Mark Hogancamp spent nine days in a coma after a severe beating which almost killed him. When he awoke Mark went through therapy to try and regain all the skills that he lost. After leaving the hospital Mark began his own therapy in the form of Marwencol, a 1/6th scale World War II era town he built and is inhabited by dolls. Using some of the dolls as representations for people he knows, Mark creates numerous stories within Marwencol, some of which relate to the time he was assaulted.

When his photographs are seen by magazine publisher an art show is set up in Greenwich village, New York. Conflicted by whether or not to go ahead with the show Mark must decide if he wants to keep his therapy to himself or share it with the outside world, which he doesn’t have much interaction with and doesn’t feel safe in.

An interesting documentary, this film gives a view into the world of a man who has created a unique way to deal with the trauma of having nothing from a life he had prior to an assault outside a bar. The viewer gets to see the before and after sides to Mark’s personality, some which seem a little creepy and others which show him as a simple man trying to get his life back. More importantly it shows how Mark didn’t just become a victim who gave up because of what happened to him. Although the film tends to lag a little near the end and leaves a few questions unanswered this is worth viewing.

Rating: Two guys

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Marwencol

Marwencol

Director:  Jeff Malmberg

Stars: Mark Hogancamp

Reviewed by: Scotty

Marwencol is a documentary about a fantasy world built and photographed by Mark Hogancamp.  Mark was nearly beaten to death outside a bar by 5 men where he lost his memory and had to relearn normal motor skills.  Building a 1/6th scale model of a World War II town called Marwencol helped him in his rehabilitation emotionally and physically. Mark inserted his friends and family into his fantasy world and created a unique storyline to work through his emotional issues.

Mark was discovered while walking an army tank and some dolls down the street like he did often and before he knew it he had an art show in New York City.  This stress weighs heavy on Mark and he begins to fear sharing his art with the world.

I was completely blown away by the realism of his photographs and how he would manipulate the figures to express what he thought they were feeling.  I found it strange that the faces did not change but due to the context of the photographs and story line it seemed as though the figures showed emotion.  Some of the photos are graphic and the one that sticks out for me was outside the Church where a sniper had shot an SS soldier in the head, you will have to see it to know what I mean.

Watching Marwencol was time well spent and I wore heels while writing this review. I give it     2 ½  guys.

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Marwencol

May 15, 2011 Leave a comment

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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Marwencol

May 11, 2011 Leave a comment

This weeks movie is Marwencol. Check back on Sunday for the 3 guys review!

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