When a typhoid epidemic tears through the small town of Meziříčíin in 1953, nine-year-old Mira is orphaned and forced to turn to her aunt Hana. A woman who has barely spoken to her during family gatherings, she is strange, austere, nervous and looks much older than her thirty-something years. She had been dearly loved by […]
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