Welcome to Marwen
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Length: 116 mins
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Steve Carell, Falk Hentschel, Matt O’Leary
When Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) is brutally attacked, his memory is left in tatters and his spirit crushed. He begins to find solace in Marwen, an imaginary Belgian town under Nazi occupation that he constructs in his garden. Peopled by dolls that bear resemblances to his friends and tormentors, Mark escapes into a rich fantasy world that just might be the key to his rehabilitation.
Based on the documentary Marwencol, director Robert Zemeckis handles the mix of a grand story with an uncynical innocent at its heart, just as with Forrest Gump. The dolls of Marwen – played by Janelle Monáe, Diane Kruger, Leslie Mann and Gwendoline Christie, among others – are brought to amazing life with Zemeckis’s trademark wizardry, but it’s the tale of rebirth that will stay with you.
“The film underlines Zemeckis’ credentials as a relentlessly adventurous and experimental director, ready to tackle material that his more cautious contemporaries would shun.” ★★★★ – Independent
“It’s a bold, bonkers move by a filmmaker always willing to walk a tightrope between dark humour and big emotions, but is only partially successful in illuminating a damaged worldview.” ★★★ – Empire Online
“It’s still truly heartening to see Zemeckis, one of the true titans of American popular cinema over the past three decades, finding a new gear we perhaps never thought he had” – BFI