Marwencol

June 27, 2012 at 8:30 am | Posted in 2012 | Leave a comment

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I don’t even really know when this film was released in the U.S. (maybe this year/ maybe last) but it is so lovely, I decided I had to write about it.  This documentary is ostensibly about the recovery process of a man who had been beaten almost to death but it is really so much more graceful and beautiful than that.  Having lost most of his memories, Mark decided to create a fantasy world named after himself and two significant women in his life (Wendy and Colleen).  Just outside his small home, he built the town Marwencol on 1/6th scale and inhabited it with dolls and action figures he bought/ had donated from the local hobby shop.  Every major person in his life, including his five attackers, has a character in the town representing him/her.  The characters go through stories and live in a beautiful and entirely realized world that represents the deepest, most vulnerable parts of Mark’s psyche.  The film is so touching and fascinating and, in the end, is a very bittersweet examination of the ways people try to heal.  The most moving and human film I have seen this year.

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