A fictional but physically real world of dolls that heal a beaten man


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I’ve read about Marwencol waaay back in the day and i’ve seen the documentary on netflix a number of years after it came out and it wasn’t quite what i had expected. I still don’t know how i feel about it to be honest. You sort of feel for the man who was beaten, and how he’s struggled to rehabilitate his broken psyche since. I think he must’ve been a fairly eccentric man before he was beaten, and after the events unfolded he’s sort of gotten stranger. Its a sad documentary, and i’m not entirely 100% sure what the message was other than “Let’s take a look at his craft and how he’s coping”.

It’s not exploitative in tone nor entirely sympathetic. It just shows you how it is, and its not glamorous nor is there a happy ending… it being someone’s real life and struggles.

Not sure i could recommend the documentary itself to someone, though i’m interested to see what others got from watching it.


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I saw the documentary at TIFF a few years ago, and its a little mind blowing.

Very very worth watching.

His website is good too:
http://marwencol.com/

(Also I am 99% this was featured on BB way back in the dark ages…)


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Snap Judgment did a piece on this a few weeks back:

http://snapjudgment.org/marwencol


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yep, on BB not long ago, and on Snap judgment which has become one of my favourite podcasts.


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I like to think there has actually been substantive progress on this front. It is no longer “en vogue” (even for haters) to beat someone just for mentioning something that Bugs Bunny has been doing since 1939. I would, again like, to think that one could make such an utterance and not be the odds-on favorite for a rolling in the parking lot as a result. Maybe I’m just feeling unusually positive about the state of things.

Hardly more eccentric than Hoover was reported to have been tho… but if over sharing while drunk is an eccentricity, that I’ll grant you.


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The eccentric part is beyond the crossdressing. I don’t really have much of a problem with it, i just got a feeling that there must’ve been something odd about him. Watching the documentary was kind of heartbreaking because of the suffering he’s gone through since, but at least he does have a creative and positive outlet. Not everyone that goes through a huge trauma is able to communicate their feelings, i suppose that’s a good message to take from the whole thing


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I remember hearing about him after some right-winger ripped off his photo trying to make a meme that backfired spectacularly.

Terry Coffey found a picture of what he thought was a war battle and posted it on Facebook with the caption “This is what real American courage, heroism and bravery looks like”.

But it turned out the picture was fake. The ‘men’ in the picture turned out to be toy figurines.

In an ironic twist, those figurines were created by a cross-dresser who turned out to be the biggest hero of them all.


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Not sure i could recommend the documentary itself to someone, though i’m interested to see what others got from watching it.

Marwencol remains one of my favorite documentaries. You’re right - it’s neither exploitative nor sympathetic, which made it all the more powerful for me. He obviously has a tremendous amount of creativity and it almost feels like not only is this part of his therapeutic process, but simultaneously feels like it was waiting for something cathartic/traumatic to unleash it.

Highly recommend people see this documentary.


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AND then this happened:


#11

Delicious irony. Nom nom nom


#12

Please tell us what’s in your link? I don’t book face.


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#14

You should totes you Facebook… err… Friendface


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