The Way Back (2010)
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Character: Irena
Director: Peter Weir
Writers: Keith R. Clarke, Peter Weir, Slavomir Rawicz(novel)
Other Cast: Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris
Release Date: 21 January 2011
Genre: Dramar
Runtime: 133 min
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A fact-based story centered on soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1940.

Production Photos

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Trivia & Facts

· Saoirse Ronan (Irena) celebrated her 16th birthday on the set of this shoot.
· Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan got food poisoned in the desert.

Quotes from the character

None yet.

Quotes from Saoirse

“The toughest part for me though was when I got food poisoning and felt horrific. It was 45 degrees and I’m trying to film this sleepwalking scene, which was all serene and beautiful, and I could feel this terrible, awful pain in my stomach. That was easily the toughest day for me on set. It was awful.”

“There’s one scene where I have to run across an ice-sheet on a river which was actually fake ice they had made,” “It was a little scary, not to mention freezing cold and wet but I just got into it and threw in a few slips and falls for good measure. It was really good fun.”

Quotes from Cast & Crew

“She’s a phenomenal actor. It’s just in her,” “She’s really smart and really lovely with it.”
- Colin Farrell

“Saoirse’s so well able to look after herself. She’s so bright and so good and so talented.”
- Colin Farrell

Critical Reception

“Sturgess, Harris and Farrell deliver strong performances, while Ronan once again demonstrates emotional depth beyond her tender years in a vivid supporting role.” – Coventry Telegraph

Awards & Nominations

Irish Film and Television Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film Won
London Critics Circle Film Awards: British Supporting Actress of the Year Nominated