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Jeff Malmberg

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About the Movie

Outside a small bar in Kingston, NY, Mark Hogancamp was beaten nearly to death, his memories wiped away. Seeking recovery, he builds Marwencol, a miniature World War II-era town filled with doll versions of his friends, fantasies, and even his attackers. As he documents the town’s dramas with his camera, the dolls become living characters in an epic tale of love, adventure, resurrection and revenge. When his photos are discovered by the art world, Mark is suddenly forced to choose between the safety of his imaginary world and the real world he’s avoided since the attack. Winner of over a dozen awards, including two Independent Spirit Awards & Best Documentary of the Year from Boston Society of Film Critics.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 59
  • Fresh: 58
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Woven together by Jeff Malmberg -- if not seamlessly, then with illuminating patience -- these disparate strands honor an individual as unique as the miniature universe on which he depends. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Oct 8, 2010

Fresh: This tender documentary considers the mysteries of both art and coping. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Oct 13, 2010

Fresh: Malmberg applies stylistic and structural tricks to create the most compelling portrait possible, reflecting a respectful but very different agenda from that of his subject. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Oct 5, 2010

Fresh: A celebration of the transformative power of art in coping with so many of the challenges people face -- healthcare problems, post-traumatic disorders, alternative lifestyles. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Nov 11, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A Must See!

A trip through the mind of an artistic genius.

Compelling and Touching

This movie unlike almost every other stands apart on a minds eye view of tragedy and coping with the kind of detail only ones mind can manufacture to protect you from yourself. I simply don't have the words to describe it only to say I've watched it over a dozen times and with each I come away with a different perspective and narrative. Two words, "Watch It"

Absolutely watch this

Mesmerizing portrayal of somebody building a whole world of memories. A cross between abstract fantasy and an incredibly sensitive documentary. Tender, very human and totally surprising.

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