April 10, 2011

"The Way" staring Martin Sheen

Well, not sure when this will be released in the US (maybe September, but that's not for sure), but the trailer looked good, so I decided to mention it here. As some of you know, I walked the Camino de Santiago twice, in 2002 and 2007. And even though you can read my journals and see the pictures on this website, this film might give you a good feel for what it was like. And who knows, maybe I'll see ya' in the theater when it opens.

The Way:

Martin Sheen, plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James.

Driven by his profound sadness and desire to understand his son better, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage, leaving his "California bubble life" behind.

Armed with his son's backpack and guidebook, Tom navigates the 800km historical pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees, to Santiago de Compostela in the north west of Spain, but soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey.

While walking The Camino, Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman (Yorick van Wageningen) a Canadian (Deborah Kara Unger) and an Irish writer (James Nesbitt) who is suffering from a bout of "writer's block."

From the hardship experienced along "The Way" this unlikely quartet of misfits create an everlasting bond and Tom begins to learn what it means to be a citizen of the world again, and discovers the difference between "The life we live and the life we choose."

"The Way" was filmed entirely in Spain and France along the actual Camino de Santiago.