When Mark Hogancamp emerged from his coma, following a vicious attack, he had little memory of his previous life. Seeking solace, Mark built 'Marwencol,' an incredible 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. He populated the town with dolls and toy soldiers representing his friends, family, even his attackers, and created life-like photographs detailing the town's many relationships and intrigues. Through Mark's lens, these were no longer dolls - they became living, breathing characters in an epic WWII story full of violence, jealousy, longing and revenge. When the photos are discovered by an art magazine, and a prestigious gallery comes calling, Mark is suddenly forced to make a choice between the safety of his fictional town and the real world beyond it.
- Jeff Malmberg
- Run Time
- 1 hour 23 minutes
Woven together by Jeff Malmberg -- if not seamlessly, then with illuminating patience -- these disparate strands honor an individual as unique as the miniature universe on which he depends.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 10.08.2010
This tender documentary considers the mysteries of both art and coping.Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 10.13.2010
Malmberg applies stylistic and structural tricks to create the most compelling portrait possible, reflecting a respectful but very different agenda from that of his subject.Peter Debruge, Variety, 10.05.2010
A celebration of the transformative power of art in coping with so many of the challenges people face -- healthcare problems, post-traumatic disorders, alternative lifestyles.Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, 11.11.2010