The Way Back (2010) ALL
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.
In 1939, the Polish military Janusz is accused of espionage by the Soviet Union. His wife is tortured and Janusz is sentenced to twenty years imprisoned in a Siberian gulag. When Janusz is assigned to work in the mines, he feels that the only chance to survive is escaping from the camp. He plots to break out with the bitter American Mr. Smith; the funny Yugoslavian accountant Zoran; the Polish chef and aspirant artist Tomasz Horodynsky; the Polish Kazik that has night blindness; and the Latvian priest Voss and is forced to admit the Russian criminal Valka in the group of escapees. Along their journey, they face snow storm, mosquitoes, hunger, the desert, sand storm, thirsty and they meet the fugitive teenager Irena that joins the group.