The dramatic story of a desperate struggle for survival by a group of truck drivers locked in a remote mountain base. Living and working in wretched conditions, practically slaves to the timber industry, these brooding men find their ritualized world upset when a woman arrives. Also known as The Damned Roads and Camp of the Dead Men, the film is based on a short story by Polish cult writer Marek Hlasko, and features gritty portrayals of the doomed men by Tadeusz Lomnicki (Ashes and Diamonds), Emil Karewicz (Eroica), and Leon Niemczyck (Vabank, Calls Controlled). —Facets
If they had stuck a little less closely to the events in the book and kept the shadow of the idea, this could have been a much more compelling story. It's still pretty goddamned great, but the plot meanders a bit too much for this to compete with The Wages of Fear, which I gather it means to. Still, a fascinating glimpse into another remote pocket of forgotten civilization, one filled with tension and death.