Charlatan

Šarlatán

Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia 2020
In Czech, with English subtitles
118 min
Suitable for audiences aged 16 and above
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Screenplay: Marek Epstein
Cast: Ivan Trojan, Josef Trojan, Juraj Loj
Production: Šárka Cimbalová, Kevan Van Thompson / Marlene Film Production
Print Source: Edge Entertainment

Jan Mikolášek was a very famous healer, an unusual medicine man, who was using unorthodox methods of diagnosis and treatment. Those special skills made him not only well known but also rich. In Czechoslovakia before World War II he became some kind of an institution and even during the German occupation he was able to preserve his status by healing high Nazi officials. He was sure that it would not be different after the war. The communists who took power were also humans. And humans fell sick, felt hopeless and needed the doctor; a special kind of a doctor as well, when others cannot help. But the situation changed when his main Stalinist protector died, and the regime decided to destroy him. He was too different, too rich, and too independent. Charlatan tells the story of Mikolášek’s rise and fall. Of his moral fall and of his constant fight with the darkness inside him. It is a story of the mystery of a man, of the mystery of his special gift, of the price he was ready to pay for it; the story of the paradox of strength and weakness, of love and hate.

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