Charlatan

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Charlatan

Runtime: 118 Minutes | Rating: Not Rated
Languages: Czech, German with English subtitles
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Cast: Ivan Trojan, Josef Trojan, Juraj Loj
Genres: Drama, LGBTQ
Distributor: Strand Releasing

Synopsis

Few true stories tread the thin line between good and evil as precariously as that of Jan Mikolek, a 20th century Czech herbal healer whose great success masked the grimmest of secrets. Mikolek 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 Frantiek.

"A rich psychological puzzle about a compromised political survivor." -Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter