The movie begins with Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski) – a Polish immigrant in France – being sued for divorce in a Paris court by his beautiful French wife Dominique (Julie Delpy) on the grounds of non-consummation.
When the divorce is granted, Karol also loses his job (he worked in a beauty salon jointly owned with Dominique), his right to residence in France and most of his money – he does not even have the money for the airfare to Poland and can only return to his homeland hidden in a suitcase (a scheme which goes wrong when the case is stolen by dishonest employees at the airport).
Once back in Warsaw, Karol discovers a way in which he can make money and use it to get revenge upon those whom he believes have wronged him, especially Dominique.
There is also a subplot in which Karol accepts money to kill a man who wants to die but lacks the courage to commit suicide.
The Elegant Man
The Old Farmer
Bureau de Change Proprietor
The Tall Man
The Bank Employee