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On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was brutally attacked by five men in his hometown of Kingston, New York. The assault left the ex-navyman, carpenter, and showroom designer in a coma for nine days; he emerged with brain damage that initially made it impossible for him to walk, eat, or speak. Physical and occupational therapy helped him regain basic motor skills, but after less than a year he discovered that without insurance, he could no longer afford it. Determined "not to let those five guys win," Hogancamp turned to art as a therapeutic tool. He revisited his childhood hobbies of… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Simultaneously hypnotic and unnerving, it asks some rather uncomfortable questions about the nature of art and the potential and limits of self-healing."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A fine, delicately nuanced portrait of an artist compelled by mysterious forces to create something utterly unique."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Extraordinary, astonishing, revealing, unique"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Alternate realities help us work through issues, but might keep us from confronting the world"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"Marwencol provides a deeply empathetic view of loneliness and powerful evidence of art as an outlet."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Director Jeff Malmberg sees something in Hogancamp that he wants all of us to see, an imperfect human scarred by horrific trauma who nonetheless finds a reason to live."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"If you have even a passing interest in outsider art, you owe it to yourself to see "Marwencol.""
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Truly inspiring"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"By allowing his emerging post-trauma experience into his pretend kingdom, the man is reconstituting his self-consciousness, reclaiming the dignity of his whole mind, recovering his soul."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Speaks to the addictiveness, the catharsis, the unpredictability, and the eternity of the creative process."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Hogancamp's alliance with director Jeff Malmberg in this artful and poignant film marks a victory in the war against the self."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Producer/director Jeff Malmberg tells the amazing true story with tenderness and tact."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The film is never flippant, never disrespectful and always approaches Mark's hobby with eyes wide open and no agenda other than fascinated admiration."
‑ Tim Martain, The Mercury
"First-time director Jeff Malmberg does almost everything right in this stunningly empathetic documentary."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"A heartwrenching tale of wish fulfillment on a nearly molecular level..."
‑ Justin Strout, Orlando Weekly
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