The main character in Stanisław Lem’s short story The Inquest receives an impossible mission: he is to test a new generation of androids in the conditions of a journey into space. Prior to that, however, he has to face dangerous lobbyists and monstrous bureaucracy. 40 years after its creation all the “rough edges” of Marek Piestrak’s film (an already experienced filmmaker thanks to The Investigation, and a famous one for his She-Wolf and The Curse of the Valley of Snakes) were smoothed out and the blunders have taken on a patina of vintage chic. The score of this major Polish and Soviet production is the work of a truly exotic duo - Arvo Pärt and Eugeniusz Rudnik. The division of tasks between these two seems clear. The former is responsible for the orchestra and percussion theme of the opening credits and the fanfares in major keys, while the latter deals with all the rustling, squeaking and knocking – although the division becomes less clear in the disco scene with its juicy electro-swing.