My husband and I searched for the movie, The Way, while on a date when it was first out in the theaters October 2011. Sadly, too many Christian movies aren't in as many theaters as we'd like. That being said, I was happy to watch this on DVD on my comfy couch.
Here's a little re-cap: Daniel (Emilio Estevez) decides to quit grad school to see the world sans cell phone against his father's (Martin Sheen) wishes. Early into the movie, Tom receives a phone call that Daniel has died while on his first leg walking the Camino de Santiago.
Tom, portrayed as a lapsed Catholic, flies over to Spain to identify his son's body and has him cremated. He then decides to take Daniel's backpack along with the remains to finish the pilgrimage himself.
Along the way Tom meets three characters who all make the trek for different reasons. They become friends and share the journey, for the good, bad and funny! Throughout the Camino Tom has visions how the journey would have looked through his son's eyes. After these visions Tom sprinkles Daniel's ashes leaving a part of his son along the Camino. It was during these times that I got a little choked up, but a gentle reminder that this is not correct Catholic teaching on how to bury the dead.
The movie made me think about what I treasure in the here and now. I can only assume that is a part of the journey for every walker on the Camino.
Emilio Estevez, director, filmed the movie in sequence and got the whole crew to do a novena prayer to become the first film crew to film inside the Cathedral de Sanitiago. Of all the scenery in the movie, the filming in the Cathedral was by far my favorite scene. I was so moved by what happens at the end, inside the Cathedral. I don't want to spoil it for you, you will just have to see for yourself!
I liked the movie, loved the fact that it was a movie about an ancient Catholic pilgrimage, and it sparked my own interest in walking The Camino de Santiago.
Have you walked it? I would love to hear your experience.
I highly recommend watching this movie if you have any interest in The Way of St James, or if you just like a good story with great scenery. The Way would make a great stocking stuffer and you can purchase the movie at Aquinas & More. I wrote this review as a part of the Tiber River Blogger Review Program. Gaudete in Domino!