British drama set in the early 1980s during the Solidarity protests in Poland. Starring Jeremy Irons.
Jeremy Irons stars as a young Pole named Nowak, who has gone to London from Warsaw with four colleagues to remodel a mews house for a wealthy Polish businessman.
The time is early December 1981. Being younger and apparently better educated than the others, as well as the only man in the group who speaks English, Nowak is the foreman.
He is the man responsible, the decision maker, the keeper of discipline, the one with the money. He is also apolitical.
The crew has four weeks in which to do the job, which begins as an exotic lark in a foreign land. A first visit to a London supermarket is better than a trip to Disneyland.
Several days later, Nowak learns of the military upheaval in Warsaw, the declaration of martial law and the confrontation between the Government and Solidarity. Nowak's concerns are not necessarily for Solidarity – he is not a member – but for his wife and family.