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Marwencol

After a vicious barroom attack 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. As the elaborate scene gains attention from neighbors, Hogancamp must face his trauma and explore his own second chances.
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Variety by

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.
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Time Out by David Fear

When it comes to capturing the man behind the phenomenon, however, the film never progresses beyond a superficial, weird-yet-wonderful portraiture.
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The New York Times by 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.
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Village Voice by 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.
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The A.V. Club by 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.
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New York Post by V.A. Musetto

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

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