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Marwencol I can barely describe the wonders of Marwencol , Jeff Malmberg's documentary about a man, brain-damaged following a near-fatal beating, who has built a fictional…
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TOY SOLDIER A medic rescues a wounded major after an ambush by the SS in Marwencol
Image credit: Mark E. Hogancamp
TOY SOLDIER A medic rescues a wounded major after an ambush by the SS in Marwencol

I can barely describe the wonders of Marwencol, Jeff Malmberg's documentary about a man, brain-damaged following a near-fatal beating, who has built a fictional WWII-era Belgian town out of tiny props and Barbie-size dolls. He invents, photographs, and lives in his fantastical, deeply felt scenarios. This tender documentary considers the mysteries of both art and coping. A-

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Originally posted Oct 13, 2010 Published in issue #1125-1126 Oct 22, 2010 Order article reprints