The action begins in 2003, as young businessmen Piotr Maj (Robert Olech), Marek Stawski (Przemyslaw Sadowski) and Grzegorz Rybarcyzk (Jaroslaw Kopaczewski) throw a grand fete to open their new factory. They're partners in a fast-growing, highly successful company called Navar, which produces high-tech electronics using state-of-the-art equipment from Denmark.
The businessmen are arrested and treated like dangerous criminals, accused of financial irregularities and money laundering. They are thrown into prison, where they face inhuman conditions, leaving Kostrzewa free to wheedle their shares from their significant others (Magdalena Kumorek, Monika Kwiatkowska and Beata Scibakowna). Meanwhile, an enterprising journalist (Krzysztof Ogloza) is assigned to chronicle Navar's downfall, but the story he ultimately reports, documenting a closed circuit of corruption, doesn't please his editor, much less those in the seats of power.
Co-written by producer Miroslaw Piepka and Michal S. Pruski, the screenplay shows how the ideas and entrepreneurial spirit of the new Poland threaten the older power brokers, whose thinking is deeply rooted in conspiracies and past pathologies. Although the dialogue and situations occasionally veer toward melodrama, director Bugajski keeps the overall tone closer to that of a political thriller. Fine performances rep the pic's strong suit; although short and rather ordinary-looking, Gajos can be terrifying.
Tech credits are merely serviceable, with yellow-toned flashbacks to the 1960s looking particularly threadbare; it's possible that the pic's inherent criticism of the not-so-ancient regime accounts for why it received no funding from the Polish government. The producers ultimately raised a budget from a consortium of businesses.