Charlatan

Charlatan

Charlatan

Agnieszka Holland, director of Mr Jones and the Oscar-nominated In Darkness, helms this historical drama centred on a Czechoslovakian herbalist whose healing skills are utilised in different ways throughout World War II and beyond.

2020Rating: M, Violence, animal cruelty, sex scenes & content that may disturb118 minsCzech Republic, Ireland, Slovakia, PolandCzech with English subtitles
DramaHistoricalWorld Cinema

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Though shot in the most classic of idioms, the film commands attention with its mesmerizing performances and lively cross-cutting between key moments in the hero’s life.

IndieWire

IndieWire

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Charlatan becomes entangled in its conflicting mesh of traits and time periods, but the film is only able to become more than the sum of its frustrating parts because it embraces those complications in the first place.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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Charlatan is a film that does not quite satisfy the curiosity it arouses.

3.0
Variety

Variety

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Caught between a respectful tribute to Mikolášek’s medical achievements and a more salacious examination of his moral transgressions — with a tender if speculative gay romance propped somewhere in between — it’s an ambitious portrait of human imperfection that doesn’t strain to arouse much affection for its subject in the audience.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Though shot in the most classic of idioms, the film commands attention with its mesmerizing performances and lively cross-cutting between key moments in the hero’s life.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Charlatan becomes entangled in its conflicting mesh of traits and time periods, but the film is only able to become more than the sum of its frustrating parts because it embraces those complications in the first place.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Charlatan is a film that does not quite satisfy the curiosity it arouses.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Caught between a respectful tribute to Mikolášek’s medical achievements and a more salacious examination of his moral transgressions — with a tender if speculative gay romance propped somewhere in between — it’s an ambitious portrait of human imperfection that doesn’t strain to arouse much affection for its subject in the audience.

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