Time Out says

Conceived and made with an urgency appropriate to the December 1981 military clampdown on Skolimowski's native Poland, this film is a characteristically oblique and quirky response. Displacement rather than confrontation is the key, with a group of Polish builders busy renovating their boss' London house when the axe falls at home. Irons plays their leader, the only English speaker, who is forced into a parody of twisted labour relations when he decides to conceal the news from his co-workers. But the tendency towards allegory is pleasingly offset by an alienated vision of the English daily round: a farcical and surreal mixture of frustration, deception and shoplifting. The result is as much about 'us' as 'them'; and constitutes a quietly disturbing, often sharply amusing, flip side to Wajda's men of marble and iron.


Release details

97 mins

Cast and crew

Jerzy Skolimowski
Jerzy Skolimowski
Jeremy Irons
Eugene Lipinski
Jiri Stanislav
Eugeniusz Haczkiewicz
Denis Holmes
Jenny Seagrove
Jerzy Skolimowski