Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
Dr. Albert Skarvan, the former personal physician to Leo Tolstoy, was a conscientious objector to war and thereby became Slovak's anti-war hero. This Slovak biopic tells his story. Set near the turn-of-the century, it begins showing his earliest years in black and white. When he receives his draft notice, Skarvan immediately pens a letter back, protesting the war. As a result he loses the right to practice medicine and ends up placed in a mental asylum. After that, he is exiled. Just before the outbreak of WW I, he is pardoned and returns home, where ironically he served as a military doctor.
war, conscientious-objector, exile, ideals, pacifism, pardon