Marwencol (2010)
February 28, 2018 10:58 PM - Subscribe

After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside of a bar, Mark Hogancamp came back to the world traumatized and unable to remember much of his own past. To help process what happened to him, Hogancamp built “Marwencol”: a 16th scale World War II-era Belgian town populated by dolls representing himself, his friends, and family, and began creating photo-essays about the town. This documentary explores the attack, Hogancamp’s life and work, and his eventual discovery by the art world.
posted by Going To Maine (2 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The last two minutes of this movie made me so damn happy.
posted by Going To Maine at 10:59 PM on February 28, 2018

(Which, to be clear, I don't want to take away from the real trauma of the film, or the fact that the art show wasn't the triumphant come-out-of-the-closet moment we hoped for, or that building a marwencol inside marwencol might just be an infinite recursion and sign that this entire thing is an inescapable spiral. It just seemed so wonderful, and so perfectly logical: to care for himself-in-miniature the way he has cared for himself.)
posted by Going To Maine at 12:15 AM on March 1, 2018

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