Charlatan
 
 

Directed by Agnieszka Holland, Czech Republic 2020
118 mins. Czech dialogue with English sub-titles

 
Summary:
 

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 many 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 his 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 breathtaking tale as replete with twists as the century itself, and a reflection on the price one pays for single-mindedly following one’s calling.

 
What the Critics say:
 

"Suspenseful and entertaining, while maintaining a distinct air of elegance. Tension and intrigue are amplified by high-contrast cinematography which creates an otherworldly atmosphere."  (Cinema For All)