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A biology teacher decides to leave his clockwork life in Prague and exile himself to a small country village. Despite a heavy secret, the young bachelor cannot help bond with his new neighbours, in particular a woman abandoned by her husband and her 18-year-old son.
Set in Czechoslovakia in 1983, the film tells the story of Anna, a sprinter who is hoping to compete in the Olympics, and is selected into the national team. She is placed in a special state-run medical treatment where she is given anabolic steroids ("Stromba") by her trainer. Her performance increases but later discovers the negative effect of taking the steroids, causing her to stop using them.