The Way

12 Jan

Director: Emilio Estevez

Writers: Emilio Estevez (screenplay), Jack Hitt (book)

Stars: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez and Deborah Kara Unger

UK Rating: 12A

Runtime: 123 minutes



Emilio Estevez is almost 50 years old and The Way is the fifth feature film that he has directed (having also written four of them including this one). His films have mostly been of an adult and serious nature, often dealing with social issues. In this film he follows a small group of walkers making a highly cathartic passage along the Camino de Santiago (the route of Saint James that runs from the Basque country in southwest France into and across northern Spain).

The main character is a c. 65 year old Californian eye doctor called Tom (Martin Sheen). He is forced out of his slow and safe urban life when his adventurous son Daniel (Emilio Estevez) dies on the Camino. Tom goes to France to retrieve his son’s body, but then decides to walk the Camino himself (all 800 km of it). As he makes the journey he thinks long and hard about his son and their awkward relationship. He also befriends a small international group of other ‘pilgrims’. They, just like Tom and the many other travellers on the Camino, have issues to resolve and questions to answer for which they hope the long walk will help.

The Way is an adult film that does deal with serious themes, but more than that it is an uplifting and soulful experience. The biggest lesson that Tom learns is the power of travel and the importance of exploration. Unlike his son, Tom is unconnected with the world. Via his experience on the Camino de Santiago his eyes are opened and he is changed. The Way shows us that the beauty of travel is often the simple act of meeting strangers and making new friends. This is a good film that benefits from the stunning scenery of northern Spain, a decent soundtrack and low key acting.

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