"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
Life is too big to walk it alone.
19 November 2010 (Spain)
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Tom (Martin Sheen
) places bits of his son's ashes at various places on El Camino to signify that his son is making the journey with him. Though touching, this goes against Catholic teaching - cremation is allowed, but all of a person's ashes are to be kept together, in one place. Scattering or dividing the ashes is officially not allowed. See more
Somewhere before Pamplona we see Joost go on while Tom stays at a small village with an albergue with an outside meal where he meets Sarah for the first time. There is in fact no village or albergue between Roncesvalles and Pamplona that this could be. The village would have to be Zubiri or Larrasoana, neither of which look like the filmed location. See more
What, you can do this on a bike? Why the hell are we walking? Oh that's ridiculous man.