Movie Moles: Marwencol
Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss the documentary Marwencol, directed by Jeff Malmberg. Unable to afford therapy after a near-death assault, Mark Hogancamp devotes himself to building a 1/6th-scale World War II era Belgian village that he populates with dolls and props. He calls the town "Marwencol." He takes photographs of his creations, which when discovered thrust him into uncertain limelight.
Frann and Jan consider how the film expresses - visually as well as narratively - a too uncommon respect for the mentally disturbed; how his creations allow him to work through or in some way deal with his trauma; and how his relationship to these dolls, including barbies, ties him to a caring community, and while fetishistic is not merely consumerist.