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Compostelle, le chemin de la vie (2015)

For three years, the director followed a few pilgrim's journey on Saint Jame's way, the most famous European pilgrimage. There are no paths to Compostela alike. No matter their age, their ... See full summary »

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Freddy Mouchard

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Freddy Mouchard
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For three years, the director followed a few pilgrim's journey on Saint Jame's way, the most famous European pilgrimage. There are no paths to Compostela alike. No matter their age, their social background, their religious beliefs, each and everyone of them must overstep their limits and face their true self. These ordeals affect their inner-self as well as their body. Step after step, a new pace of life takes over, the path leads to new perceptions. Through repeated contact with wildlife, elements and other pilgrims, individuals reconnect with their true place. The way's alchemy spreads over. The pilgrim's journey finally comes to an end at Cape Finisterre by burning his old clothes. The old man vanishes, giving birth to the new man. Written by Anonymous

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France | Switzerland | Spain

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French

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1 April 2015 (France) See more »

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Compostella See more »

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Betel Films See more »
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12 June 2016 | by hoogmeulenSee all my reviews

You need patience to sit through this 98 minutes documentary. The director choose to tell the stories of the ' caminante' without filming them at close range. Their voices can be heard, while fragments of their story pass by. Slowly you start to recognize them, the woman in constant anger, the man who lost his job, the man walking with his violin. MEanwhile romantic shots of nature pass by, making this a true cinematic experience. The cows in the early morning, deer, birds on a branch. Great views, when people walk through villages, on their way to the next stop, climbing the hills, looking down on the village they left that early morning. Somehow you get the feeling this is all going nowhere, but this shows that we, unlike the brave caminantes, are used plan and finish everything in our daily lives. Sure, it can be busy on the tracks, you have to get in early, if you need a bed in the pensions. But the docu also shows the other side, busy roads, burning heat and no shadow, the man that barely survived a heart attack. Not a story that explains everything, but an impression. Like a painting.


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