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!!



  1. Thank you for this Noreen. I hope the movie comes to the UK.

    God bless.

  2. So, it didn't already Victor? Martin Sheen had said the movie had done very well in Ireland but he hadn't mentioned any other countries. I assumed they'd been to more than just Ireland. I hope it does come to the UK!

  3. It sounds like a great movie, Noreen.
    I'll try to keep my eye out for it!

  4. Wow, that looks really good. I hope it does really well because we need more movies like this! I notice the french guy who played Fr. Christian from of Gods and Men is in it.

  5. Sounds like a good movie. Martin Sheen was converted to the Catholic faith by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. He took Sheen's name as his own.

  6. That is so interesting! I wouldn't have guessed or known that they were Catholic. Have to do some looking into that. I'll keep my eyes open for the movie. (Better save it on Netflix while I'm thinking about it!)

  7. Wow! Sounds like a fun screening to go to. I have trouble finding movies I like (i.e., without too much nudity, violence or language), so I'll have to remember this one.

  8. Trish ~ it was a great movie that entertained on many levels.

    JASM~ I didn't even realize that connection with Fr. Christian. I'm going to have to go back and watch Gods and Men.

    Barbara ~ I would really like to read his book about his conversion. I've seen a brief interview on EWTN but that's all.

  9. Kathleen ~ I know what you mean since the struggles of his son Charlie seems to be the focus of the media.

    Jay ~ thanks for visiting!!

    Anne ~ that was precisely the point of Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen making this movie... they wanted to make a wholesome yet entertaining movie that didn't put in "the garbage" that Hollywood adds to their movies. And show Hollywood that this kind of movie will draw crowds and be successful!

  10. This looks like one my husband would love...thank you so much for the review!
    ~Kara @ The Chuppies/NOBH