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Charlatan

Director: Agnieszka Holland

Country:  Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia

Year of Production:  2020

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Synopsis

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 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.

From Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy-nominated director Agnieszka Holland, CHARLATAN was the Czech entry for the 2021 Academy Awards.

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Cast

Starring: 

Ivan Trojan, Josef Trojan, Juraj Loj, Jaroslava Pokorná, Jirí Cerný, Miroslav Hanuš

Credits

Director: Agnieszka Holland

Producers: 

Sárka Cimbalová, Kevan Van Thompson

Production Details

Country:  Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia

Year of Production:  2020

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  118 minutes

Original aspect ratio:  2.35:1

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  7th May 2021

DVD Release Date:  28th June 2021

Reviews

Filmuforia

"Agnieszka Holland really finds her groove in this fascinating film... Ivan Trojan gives a mesmerising performance... a heart-stopping finale... Holland's accomplished filmmaking is showcased in this illuminating work... entrancing camerawork... a really enjoyable experience."

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The Guardian

"Agnieszka Holland once again proves she's the real deal... intriguing"

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The Hollywood Reporter

"A rich psychological puzzle about a compromised political survivor... fascinating... mesmerizing performances... engrossing... The film's final scene is a knock-out"

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The Hollywood Reporter

Shadows on the Wall

"pulsating performances... Ivan Trojan is excellent... Loj has terrific physicality as Frantisek, generating strong chemistry that makes the central relationship feel complex and real... big ideas echo in this story of a man who was a suspect simply because he refused to play by imposed modern rules. And the concluding moments are powerfully moving"

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The Pink Lens

"fascinating and well executed"

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Variety

"An ambitious portrait of human imperfection"

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The Observer

"There's an austere elegance to Holland's filmmaking"

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The Sunday Times

"The story of Mikolasek's rise to power is compellingly told"

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The Sunday Times

Backseat Mafia

"Charlatan is impeccably crafted and assuredly handled. An engaging portrait of a damaged man."

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Film News

"a powerful character study of a complicated man... visually impressive"

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"very well crafted"

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The Movie Waffler

"Ivan Trojan's performance is typically magnetic"

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