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Camino (2008)

A girl faces love and death.

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Doctor Bernaola (as Juan Manuel Lara)
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Doctor 1 Clínica Navarra
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Doctor 2 Clínica Navarra
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A girl faces love and death.

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A blind faith.

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"Camino" (Spanish for "way") is also the title of the foundational book of Opus Dei (the religious institution portrayed in the film), written in 1934 by Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer. See more »

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Camino: Why is God punishing me?
Gloria: Don't say that, love. We may not understand, but he's doing this because he loves you.
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The Morning After
Written by Amparo Llanos and Cristina Llanos
Performed by Manuela Vellés
Autorizado por Warner Chappell Music Spain, S.A.
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An excellent and thought-provoking film
25 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I generally dislike the movies which are inspired by true stories about people who suffered a cruel illness, because I consider them to be a vulgar exploitation of the suffering of others for the entertainment of the audience and economical benefit to the producing companies. However, I think the film Camino is an exception, because even though it deals with the fight against a devastating illness, it also has an unexpected narrative deepness and tacit commentaries about controversial subjects which will be undoubtedly be interpreted in different ways by every spectator.

In Camino, the faith in God from the main character and her mother is so intense that it goes beyond any rational level, even provoking behaviours which some people could consider as inhuman. And that is where the biggest value from this movie resides on. By soberly presenting that facet from the religious extremism, it makes us think about the price some people pay for their faith. In fact, one of the most interesting aspects from Camino is what it does not say...in other words, I am talking about all those tacit commentaries and significant pauses which subtly express what we are thinking, with a null level of dramatic artifice or ideological sermons. In summary, the film does not "say" too much about the subject it deals with; it simply provides spaces for us to insert our own ideology, leaving the verdict about the characters and their attitudes to our judgement.

And that is the reason why Camino is so difficult to evaluate on an objective level. Any reaction this movie can generate will be based on our point of view, and as well as some people will be moved by the touching devotion from a girl with a pure spirit and an extraordinary nobility, other ones will think that she suffered the most horrible child abuse from her mother, who washed her brain in order to unquestionably accept a series of superstitions which blind the reason and bring a fake sensation of order and purpose into a chaotic and unpredictable world. On a similar way, some people will perceive the Opus Dei members who are interested in the main character as an easy candidate for the holiness as villains; and other ones will think they are pious heroes who will channel the suffering from the main character as a spiritual weapon in their fight against evil.

And I could keep giving more turns about the multiple interpretations Camino offers, but I will limit myself to say that I found its neutral posture on the subject it deals with to be fascinating, that I liked the performances very much (particularly Mariano Venancio's one), and that I was left emotionally devastated in various scenes. The only thing I can say against this movie is that there are a few scenes which could have been deleted, because they do not add too much to what we already know and they feel a bit dull. However, that minor fail does not avoid me from enthusiastically recommending Camino as an excellent film which makes us to think and even to examine the ideology we have about religion.


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