The Way (in theatres now for a limited time)
Starring Martin Sheen and directed by his son, Emilio Estevez this is a heart rendering story of a son and father on a journey through life together. The movie starts out with Sheen getting news of his son’s death while on the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route of 800 kilometers from France to Spain. (The Way of St. James).
He goes initially to return his son’s body to the USA, but makes a life changing decision to deciding to continue the pilgrimage himself. Along the way he meets some interesting characters, all on the pilgrimage for different reasons. The movie seems to move a little slow at times, but just soak that in; it is clever directing to put us on the road with Sheen, who incidentally is a very devout Catholic man.
The movie has some real fun in it also, with an “angry with the world” Canadian woman (not many of those to the dozen), an Irishman with writers block (never met one of those myself), and a Dutchman with an appetite for fun, food and wine. On a side note, the movie has a very beautiful father and son story of the movie itself, which was a part written entirely for his father, by Emilio. The love of their real relationship comes through in the treatment and delicacy of the story. A great date night movie!
Enough said, a very nice movie … money and time well spent IMHO.