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Fantasy . Biography . Documentary

After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

Actors: Edda Hogancamp , Emmanuel Nneji , Mark Hogancamp , Tom Neubauer
Directors: Jeff Malmberg
Country: USA
Release: 2010-10-08
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  • Kevin Thomas

    Watching Marwencol, Jeff Malmberg's probing documentary on Hogancamp's undertaking, is an exhilarating, utterly unique experience.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    A strange and very beautiful documentary about the gray area between obsession and art.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stan Hall

    One of the most affecting true-life character studies in quite some time.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This tender documentary considers the mysteries of both art and coping.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    This moving documentary sidesteps the usual art-world debates over the authenticity and legitimacy of outsider work; instead director Jeff Malmberg simply immerses us in Hogancamp's world, just as Hogancamp immerses himself in the title town and its horrors.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Exactly the sort of mysterious and almost holy experience you hope to get from documentaries and rarely do, Jeff Malmberg's Marwencol is something like a homegrown slice of Herzog oddness, complete with true-crime backfill and juicy metafictive upshot.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Four years in the making, Marwencol emerges as a number of things: an absorbing portrait of an outsider artist; a fascinating journey from near-death to active life; a meditation on the brain's ability to forge new pathways when old ones have been destroyed.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Marwencol is about Hogancamp and his miniature alter-ego, about his photographs and his creative process. But it is also, on a deeper level, about how we process our experiences - good and bad, violent and mysterious - and how we try to build safe places in our lives.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Hogancamp's alliance with director Jeff Malmberg in this artful and poignant film marks a victory in the war against the self.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    At its heart, it's about the communities we forge - real and imagined - to save our own lives.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    If you have even a passing interest in outsider art, you owe it to yourself to see Marwencol.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • V.A. Musetto

    First-time director Jeff Malmberg tells Hogancamp's fascinating story with sensitivity, never resorting to exploitation.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Jeff Malmberg's documentary Marwencol is at its best when it focuses on Hogancamp's little world, and lets the artist walk the viewer through his town's increasingly dense mythology.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Hogancamp is a complex character, and Marwencol introduces the man in layers, creating an incomplete yet sympathetic portrait specialty audiences and hipsters can agree on.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Hogancamp seems a pleasant, offbeat and intuitive fellow who probably takes all this less seriously than those who "discovered" him.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • David Fear

    When it comes to capturing the man behind the phenomenon, however, the film never progresses beyond a superficial, weird-yet-wonderful portraiture.

    Time Out New York Full Review

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