The Way Back (I) (2010)
[first title cards]
Title Card: In 1941, three men walked out of the Himalayas into India. / They had survived a 4000 mile walk to freedom. / This film is dedicated to them.
Valka: Don't you know what "Stalin" means, funny man? Means man-of-steel. He takes from rich, and gives to poor.
Zoran: Yes, of course he does. Then he takes both of them, and puts them in Gulag for 25 years.
[last title cards]
Title Card: 8TH MAY, 1945 VISTORY IN EUROPE / 1945-1948 SOVIET UNION IMPOSES COMMUNISM ON POLAND / AN 'IRON CURTAIN' FALLS OVER EASTERN EUROPE / 1956 HUNGARIAN UPRISING / 1961 BERLIN WALL GOES UP / 1968 SOVIET UNION SENDS TROOPS INTO PROGUE / 1980 POLISH SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT CHALLENGES COMMUNISM / 1989 COMMUNISM COLLAPSES / POLAND FREE
Man: Where have you come from?
Religious man: [speaks to crowd in unknown language]
Man: And how did you come, sir?
Janusz: We walked.
[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.
Interrogator: Accused, do you confirm this?
Janusz's Wife, 1939: Yes.
Interrogator: Witness, what do you have to say about the accused?
Janusz's Wife, 1939: [agonizing] From his conversation, I have come to know he is critical of the Party, especially the leader of the Soviet people, Comrade Stalin.
Janusz: What have they done to you?
Janusz: We are not criminals. We are escaping from criminals.
Valka: Prison is okay. Debt is bad. But there are many prisons, they don't find me.
Zoran: What about America?
Valka: Oh, it's not for me, freedom. I wouldn't know what to do with it, I swear to God.
Janusz: [eating snake] Tastes like chicken.
Zoran: Yeah. A big black poisonous chicken with no legs.
Mr. Smith: In the camps, some saw death as freedom.
Janusz: Then why didn't you just kill yourself?
Mr. Smith: Survival was a kind of protest. Being alive was my punishment.
Janusz: Punishment for what?
Mr. Smith: I brought David to Russia.
Janusz: And now no one can forgive you. And you can't forgive yourself...