Friday, September 16, 2011

The Way ~ The Camino de Santiago

Last night I was privileged to accept an invitation to a prescreening of a fantastic movie that will be released on Oct. 7th in the United States called The Way.  This movie was written and directed by Emilio Estevez and stars both him and his father, Martin Sheen as the lead character.

This movie is a powerful and moving story about family, friends, tragedy and hope.   It takes place along the Pyrenees Mountains that separates France from Spain.  The story focuses on the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James which is a very personal and spiritual journey that people of all faiths and backgrounds, from around the world, have traveled for a thousand years.  The majority go on foot while others ride bikes or go on horseback with the pace set by each individual person. The pilgrims undergo this amazing 500 mile hike that takes anywhere from 6-8 weeks or much longer depending upon the person.  Villages all along the way give shelter, beds, food and warm hospitality to all of their guests.

Pilgrims go on "The Way" for various reasons such as spiritual, penance, or adventure.  It leads to the Cathedral in Santiago where the remains of St. James is reported to be.  The Camino ends with a twelve o'clock mass at the Cathedral.  Thousands of pilgrims traverse The Way each year.

Martin Sheen plays the father, Tom who comes to France to collect the remains of his son (played by Emilio Estevez) who died early on in his pilgrimage.   Tom decides to embark on his own pilgrimage to honor his son and to wrestle with the pain and emotions of life filled with regret, disappointment and love.  Through his chance meetings of fellow trekkers, Tom learns of their personal stories of pain and heartache that we all can relate to in our modern world and he begins to heal.

Here is the trailer:

This movie is a refreshing break from the typical Hollywood movie making machine.  No worries of hearing bad language, inappropriate sexuality, or violence.  It's a wholesome story based on morals which shows all along the way absolutely stunning Catholic Cathedrals constructed centuries ago.

What made it even more exciting, was that Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez were present at this screening and answered questions following the show.  They were both charming and engaging as they discussed their Catholic faith and their movie.  Currently, they are on a bus tour to promote their movie and may be coming to your town.  Here's the link: The Way

It's a must see!  We need to get the word out that we want movies made with good standards and morals.  We want Hollywood to take notice!!  Please spread the word among your family and friends so we flock to the theaters for this wonderful movie!!



  1. This sounds really good, Noreen.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I have read about Camino de Santiago. I would love to see this movie!

  3. Thank you Noreen.

    I hope the film comes to the UK.

    God bless.

  4. Great review, Noreen. I must watch out for the movie.

    My friend Anthony walked the Camino de Santiago. He tells some wonderful stories about the pilgrimage.

    God bless!

  5. I was contacted by The Maximus Group who's goal is "to build bridges between the sacred and the secular." I'm not sure if they're a PR firm or what but they promote many christian movies. Many of them with Catholic themes. They even have a pro-life moment that poignant.

    Sue ~ how long did it take your friend Anthony to make that 500 mile trek? That's impressive!

  6. Noreen, what a great review! I hope the movie is shown near us. Glad to hear the Sheens taking about their faith. Mahalo!

  7. I agree Esther. I had heard but not read, that Martin Sheen had a sort of "re-conversion" to the faith. I'd be curious to read his story some time. I do hope you get to see it. It was really good!

  8. I am really looking forward to this movie.

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