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A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.

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"The Way" is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his "California Bubble Life". Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. On his journey, Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, each with their own issues 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 ... Written by The Way

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Life is too big to walk it alone.


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19 November 2010 (Spain)  »

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£104,397 (UK) (13 May 2011)

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$4,430,650 (USA) (9 March 2012)
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When one takes the 500 mile Camino de Santiago, they carry a scalloped shell with them as an identity. Emilio Estevez was given such a shell by a man who made that journey six times. When he made the journey while filming the film, he kept the shell with him. See more »

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At the end of the first day we see Tom coming into a huge refugio. This used to be the original medieval hostel in Roncesvalles called the Itzandegia (no longer in use). However in the film he arrives at La Posada and all the outside shots are used here, but this is a Spanish hostel with only single and double rooms in. See more »

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Tom: Have you ever walked the Camino, senora?
First albergue innkeeper: Never. When I was young, I was too busy. And now that I'm older, I'm too tired.
First albergue innkeeper: [as Tom silently nods and heads out the door] Buen camino.
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My 393rd Review: Treads Lightly But Very Nicely...
27 March 2011 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

This beautiful simple and involving film is one of the better films I've seen in the past couple of years. It does what the best of cinema can - it moves us, and reminds us that life is a journey full of chance encounters and that its not all serendipity, but we can walk on too.

Matin Sheen and his son, Emilio Estevez, make a winning team here - the direction, though straightforward is, like Ron Howard, filled with memorable scenes and images that linger. Sheen himself is always good at taking us with him - his half-amused, half-bemused style suits this perfectly. As he travels on the old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela to deal with tragic loss he meets and forms a group with three other pilgrims.

All in all, the overall experience of watching this is simply pleasure

  • and like Danny Boyle's films, it seems simple but it is a complete


experience. The Way is human, emotive, emotional, and sincere, and for this viewer a good journey.


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