Standouts in the international cast include Colin Farrell as a Russian criminal with a big knife, and the exceptional Romanian actor Dragos Bucur (“The Death of Mr. Lazarescu”) as an accountant with a quick wit. The touching Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement”) plays Irena, a Polish orphan who joins the trek along the way.
In a review to Peter Weir’s drama “The Way Back”, The Washington Post describes Romanian actor Dragos Bucur as “exceptional”. In the film depicting the story of Siberian gulag escapees walking 4,000 miles overland to freedom in India, Bucur portrays “an accountant with a quick wit” – in the words of the article’s author, who also draws attention to Bucur’s previous notable role in The Death of Mr. Lazarescu.
Bucur is in good company in this film, which also stars Colin Firth – also remarked by the Washington Post editor for an outstanding performance – as well as Collin Farrell, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan and fellow Romanian Alexandru Potocean.