The breathtaking story of a man gifted with exceptional abilities set against the background of the events of the totalitarian fifties.


Agnieszka Holland


Marek Epstein, Martin Sulc (idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Trojan ... Jan Mikolásek
Josef Trojan ... Young Jan Mikolásek
Juraj Loj ... Frantisek Palko
Jaroslava Pokorná ... Mühlbacherová
Jirí Cerný ... Zlatohlávek - duty solicitor
Miroslav Hanus ... Interrogator
Ladislav Kolár Ladislav Kolár ... President Zápotocky
Martin Sitta ... General
Jan Vlasák ... Mikolásek's janitor
Barbora Milotová Barbora Milotová ... Nurse
Milena Sajdkova Milena Sajdkova ... Postwoman
Magdaléna Borová Magdaléna Borová ... Young Woman
Otmar Brancuzský ... Butcher
Daniela Vorácková Daniela Vorácková ... Adult Johana
Adam Hrdy Adam Hrdy ... Little Boy


The breathtaking story of a man gifted with exceptional abilities set against the background of the events of the totalitarian fifties.

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Official submission of Czech Republic for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. See more »

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Angel or devil?!!!
5 March 2021 | by yasin-99896See all my reviews

The biographical film Sarlatan is good, it is worth seeing because it describes the life and destiny of an interesting and controversial character. The life of the main character is totally atypical and includes both good and evil. On the one hand he was completely dedicated to the work of a healer, treating 200 people a day of all kinds of diseases, on the other hand he was a sadomasochist, with accents of madness when torturing and killing animals or when self-mutilating or with accents of murderer when he proposes to the man he lived with to kill his unborn child... A person with extraordinary abilities but also with an obvious mental and emotional imbalance. It bothered me that the film did not show clearly what was the situation of the character towards the end of his life, namely the fact that he was sentenced to 5 years in prison and not killed and that after his release he did not deal with healing.

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20 August 2020 (Czech Republic) See more »

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Prague, Czech Republic


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