Patients suffering from tuberculosis speak of their fears and of their wish to return to a normal life. An analysis of the psychology of the ill. In a place where they seem to lack nothing, there emerges a longing for the drudgery of everyday life away from the sanatorium. A longing for work, the dirty city, long lines at the food stores. Kieslowski’s inevitable touch of subtle irony in what appears to be a straightforward documentary.