A decade ago, Mark Hogancamp was savagely beaten while walking home from a bar in his hometown of Kingston, New York. The beating sent Mark into a coma, eventually requiring that he relearn many of his everyday functions.

A decade ago, Mark Hogancamp was savagely beaten while walking home from a bar in his hometown of Kingston, New York. The beating sent Mark into a coma, eventually requiring that he relearn many of his everyday functions.

It's his interesting coping mechanism that's the basis for the outstanding documentary "Marwencol." Mark constructs an elaborate one-sixth-scale town and an equally elaborate WWII narrative for its inhabitants: dolls (many of which are modeled after people in Mark's life).

Mark's fractured mind is an intriguing landscape. This wholly fascinating film paints him as an eccentric artist working out his demons through whatever means he can.

"Marwencol" somehow missed an Oscar nomination, but I dub it one of the best docs of the past year. It's showing twice this weekend at the Film/Video Theater at the Wexner Center.