Genres: Adventure | Drama | History
Director: Peter Weir
Writers: Keith R. Clarke (screenplay), Slavomir Rawicz (novel),
Stars: Colin Farrell, Mark Strong, Jim Sturgess
Official Sites: Official site | Official site [fr] |
Country: USA | United Arab Emirates | Poland
Language: English | Russian
Runtime: 133 min
Release Date: 21 January 2011 (USA)
Also Known As: Camino a la libertad
Filming Locations: Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Opening Weekend: $1,208,196 (USA) (21 January 2011)
Gross: $2,677,401 (USA) (18 February 2011)
[in Polish, using English subtitles]
Interrogator: [presents pen to sign confession]
Interrogator: Bring in the witness.
Janusz's Wife, 1939: [brought in]
Interrogator: Do you know this man? His name?
Janusz's Wife, 1939: Janusz Wieszczek.
Interrogator: Witness, what's your relationship with this man?
Janusz's Wife, 1939: [crying] I am his wife.
In 1941, three men reach India from Tibet, having walked 4000 miles after escaping a Siberian gulag. The film tells their story and that of four others who escaped with them and a teenage girl who joins them in flight. The group's natural leader is Janusz, a Pole condemned by accusations secured by torturing his wife; he knows how to live in the wilds. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: a cynical American, a Russian thug, a comic accountant, a pastry chef who draws, a priest, and a Pole with night blindness. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, and moral questions of when to leave someone behind.