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Welcome to Marwen (2018)

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A victim of a brutal attack finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.

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Robert Zemeckis

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Robert Zemeckis (screenplay by), Caroline Thompson (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Mark Hogancamp / Cap'n Hogie
Falk Hentschel ... Captain Topf / Louis
Matt O'Leary ... Lieutenant Benz / Carl
Nikolai Witschl ... Rudolph / Rudy
Patrick Roccas ... Stefan / Stevie
Alexander Lowe ... Werner / Vern
Eiza González ... Carlala (as Eiza Gonzalez)
Leslie Zemeckis ... Suzette
Merritt Wever ... Roberta
Gwendoline Christie ... Anna
Stefanie von Pfetten ... Wendy
Janelle Monáe ... GI Julie
Leslie Mann ... Nicol
Neil Jackson ... Kurt / Major Meyer
Samantha Hum ... Therapy Tech
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Storyline

On April 8, 2000, aspiring artist Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) became a victim of a violent assault when five men beat him up and left him for dead. Following the attack, Mark was left with little to no memory of his previous life due to brain damage inflicted by his attackers. In a desperate attempt to regain his memories, Hogancamp constructs a miniature World War II village called Marwen in his yard to help in his recovery. Unfortunately, Mark's demons come back to haunt him when he's asked to testify against the five men that attacked him..

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence, some disturbing images, brief suggestive content, thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

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English | German | French

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Women of Marwen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,366,560, 23 December 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,763,520, 17 January 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,463,520, 17 January 2019
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

At the first live scene, at the background, there is a moving van, with "Allied" written on it. "Allied" is also another Robert Zemeckis' movie, with Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt. See more »

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Mark tells Nicol dolls cannot close their eyes. Yet there are some instances later on where Nichol has her eyes closed. See more »

Quotes

GI Julie: I know, but you have to love the pain, Hogie. Like the wise man said, "Our pain is our rocket fuel." It reminds us of our strength.
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I'M SHAKIN'
Written by Rudy Toombs (as Rudolph Toombs)
Performed by Jack White
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Under exclusive license from Third Man Records
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Makes You Want To Watch The Documentary It Was Based On Instead
21 December 2018 | by roblesar99See all my reviews

Before I saw WELCOME TO MARWEN, I saw a tweet calling it "Zemeckis' VERTIGO." Although I scoffed at the idea, after viewing it, I realized that it held some merit, with one of the female characters, played by Merritt Wever, eerily inhabiting a very similar role to that of Barbara Bel Geddes. There are some interesting ideas on display throughout the film that mirror themes found in VERTIGO, as both focus on men attempting to move past a traumatic experience. However, the men in both films elect to move past this trauma by shaping the females around them in their own desired image. It worked in VERTIGO, but 60 years removed from that film, such a premise seems tone-deaf to say the least. Furthermore, Zemeckis' latest film will no doubt serve as further evidence for the group of critics that peg him as a filmmaker primarily interested in the latest special effects rather than one primarily interested in telling a story. Zemeckis seems like an odd choice to helm this film, as he never opts for a subtle, tender approach to telling the story of Steve Carrell's Mark Hogancamp, who was assaulted by a group of white supremacists. Instead, Zemeckis opts to place the film's visual effects at the forefront, and electing to focus on shootouts and explosions rather than a more nuanced exploration of Hogancamp's fragile psychological state. That the film also revels in some more obvious instances of male "gaziness" when it shows some of the animated female doll figures topless is worthy of an eye-roll, to say the least.

That being said, I truly do think that Steve Carrell delivers a better performance here than most will give him credit for. When the script, written by Zemeckis and Caroline Thompson, isn't actively attempting to display the film's special effects (or having Carrell deliver some truly awful lines about the "essence of a woman"), Carrell does at least attempt to understand the struggles that his character's real-life counterpart underwent after the assault. The majority of the cast (even Leslie Mann, whose character unfortunately follows the manic pixie dream girl stereotype) also delivers some solid work, especially the aforementioned Wever. That being said, watching WELCOME TO MARWEN left me thinking that this was a story that didn't necessarily need to be made into a film, especially when a critically-acclaimed documentary about Hogancamp himself named MARWENCOL already exists.


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