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Directed by Agnieszka Holland • 2020 • Czech Republic, Poland
Starring Josef Trojan, Ivan Trojan, Juraj Loj
Few true stories tread the thin line between good and evil as precariously as that of Jan Mikolášek, a Czech herbal healer whose great success masked the grimmest of secrets. Mikolášek (Ivan Trojan) 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 sprang from the same source as his sadism and his incapacity for love, which only one person could ever quell—his assistant, František (Juraj Loj). 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. This spellbinding historical drama from acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland is a personal tale as replete with twists as the twentieth century itself.