1950s Prague is a city of numerous daily terrors, of political
tyranny, corruption and surveillance. There is no way of knowing
whether one’s neighbor is spying for the government, or what one’s
supposed friend will say under pressure to a State Security agent.
A loyal Party member might be imprisoned or executed as quickly as
a traitor; innocence means nothing for a person caught in a
government trap. When a little boy is murdered at the cinema, the
ensuing investigation sheds a little too much light on the personal
lives of the cinema’s female ushers, each of whom is hiding a dark
secret of her own.