Charlatan

A rich psychological puzzle about a compromised political survivor.

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Charlatan

Few true stories tread the thin line between good and evil as precariously as that of Jan Mikolášek, a 20th century Czech herbal healer whose great success masked the grimmest of secrets. Mikolášek won fame and fortune treating celebrities of the inter-war, Nazi, and Communist eras with his uncanny knack for “urinary diagnosis.” But his passion for healing welled up from the same source as a lust for cruelty, sadism, and an incapacity for love that only one person could ever quell – his assistant, František. As a show trial threatens to pry open these secrets and undo him, Jan’s dichotomies are put to a final test, with the fate of his life’s only love in the balance. A personal tale as replete with twists as the century itself, and a reflection on the price one pays for single-mindedly following one’s calling.

Not Rated
Genre
Drama, LGBTQ
Runtime
118
Language
Czech, German
Director
Agnieszka Holland
Writer(s)
Marek Epstein
Cast
Ivan Trojan, Josef Trojan, Juraj Loj
FEATURED REVIEW
Frank J. Avella, Awards Daily

Poland’s Agnieszka Holland represents the Czech Republic with one of her best films in years, 'Charlatan,' a complex portrait of the controversial Czech herbalist and healer played by real life father and son Ivan and Josef Trojan. A strange but hypnotic gay love story sits at the heart of this ...

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