March 5, 2011

Marwencol - 2010

Director: Jeff Malmberg

After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark Hogancamp builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs "Marwencol" with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town's many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack. When Mark and his photographs are discovered, a prestigious New York gallery sets up an art show. Suddenly Mark's homemade therapy is deemed "art", forcing him to choose between the safety of his fantasy life in Marwencol and the real world that he's avoided since the attack.

Malmberg's made his debut with a spectacular human interest story unlike any other, surpassing all those "issues" documentaries that were nominated for Oscars this past year. It deserves its 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and...well, that's all there is to it. See this one as soon as possible. A+

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