Charlatan

2020, History/Drama, 1h 58m

28 Reviews Fewer than 50 Ratings

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Charlatan's slightly dry approach is offset by unique filmmaking flourishes and a fascinating story that make this an engaging, albeit unusual, biopic. Read critic reviews

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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 interwar, Nazi, and Communist eras with his uncanny knack for "urinary diagnosis". But his passion for healing welled up form 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.

Cast & Crew

Miroslav Hanuš
Interrogator
Jirí Cerný
Zlatohlávek
Jaroslava Pokorná
Mülbacherová
Josef Trojan
Young Jan Mikolášek
Joachim Paul Assböck
Fritz Kiesewetter
Jan Vlasák
Ivan Trojan
Jan Mikolásek
Jana Kvantiková
Frantisek's wife
Juraj Loj
Frantisek Palko
Martin Mysicka
Jan's father
Martin Strba
Cinematographer
Pavel Hrdlicka
Editor
Antoni Lazarkiewicz
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