A mood of hopelessness subtly pervades this simple story about an equally subtle injustice, the kind that can so easily be attributed to the "system" instead of any single human being. Jozef (Mariusz Dmochowski) is a 60-year old invalid, disabled because of the nature of his work at a factory, who travels to his former steel plant to join in the celebration of its 30th anniversary. Jozef expects to receive an award for his years of service, but when the names of the recipients are read, he is not among them. The oversight occasions an investigation which seems to show that since Jozef did not accept a desk job at the plant after his disability, he is undeserving. Meanwhile, his son and daughter-in-law, who is nine months pregnant with a second child, have just received an eviction notice. The family cannot stay in the apartment belonging to the father because the son left the steel mill and got another job, disqualifying his apartment permit.
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