A man makes a dangerous deal in hopes of saving his wife in this period drama from director Marek Najbrt. It's 1938, and Hana (Jana Plodková) is a Czech actress who has been enjoying considerable success on the stage and the screen until German forces invade the country and take control of the government. Hana is part Jewish, and under the new Nazi regime, her future as an actress (and a Czech citizen) is in doubt. Hana's husband Emil (Marek Daniel) is a radio journalist who loves his spouse but has been secretly jealous of her fame and success; members of the Axis propaganda agencies are impressed with Emil's skills as a reporter and announcer, and they recruit him to help convince his listeners of the wisdom of the new leadership. Emil agrees, ostensively to help protect his wife, but as he becomes a rising star among the Nazis, she's now dependent on him for her continued safety, a situation she can barely stand. As Emil becomes more powerful, his relationship with Hana begins to crumble until a simple mistake on his part puts both of them in grave danger. Protektor was the Czech Republic's official submission for the Foreign Language Film Awards competition of the 2010 Academy Awards.
~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide