Brilliant film and insight into Hogancamp's fantastic imagination. The most moving scene for me is when déja doriss/thoriss gets into the old dismantled VCR player and teleports into the church to save Hogancamp's alter ego from the SS at 99.9% the speed of light. If only somebody had really saved Hogancamp - but I suppose if that were the case then Marwencol and this great documentary would cease to exist.
Mark's situation after the attack, is very intense and and captivating. Even though I found the doc fascinating; there were other aspects of Mark's life before the attack, that were presented superficially to the point where I stayed wanting to know more. Totally recommend it.
Thanks to this film, I finally figured out how to always remember the diff 'tween sympathy and empathy. Feeling sad because Mark Hogancamp feels sad because his life's full of undeniably sad things is sympathy. Feeling like you're a resident as well as architect & absolute dictator-for-life of a tiny town populated by dolls who drink, perform violent acts of aggression & self-defense, fall in love -- that's empathy.
After being beaten nearly to death by homophobic psychopaths, Mark Hogancamp is reborn as a brilliant artist. There's so many layers to peel off here, about him, our society, his art. Hogancamp's work is inspired, and this film about him is sensitive, moving, and beautiful.
Inspiring documentary about the redemptive and therapeutic nature of art, as an amnesiac creates his own reality with dolls. Director Jeff Malmberg eloquently captures a surprising and touching journey of recovery without false sentiment or judgment.