Charlatan

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Shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best International Film 2021. The latest film from acclaimed European filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, The Secret Garden). 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. 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. In Czech and German with subtitles. (118 mins)

“Often as thorny as its subject but also oddly fascinated by his near-magical abilities, Charlatan is a temporary cure for the common biopic.” – Lena Wilson, New York Times

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