The Way

DVD - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Way
Tom goes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to collect the remains of his adult son, who was killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago. 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 as he begins to learn the difference between the life one lives and the life one chooses.

Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : ARC Entertainment, 2011, 2010
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama WAY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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A man travels to France to pick up the remains of his son, who was killed while walking the Camino de Santiago. He spontaneously decides to walk the path himself to complete what his son had started.

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Mar 10, 2015
  • Jrichson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Short for the St. James Way (Camino de Santiago)— Indie filmmaking at its finest. The religious element of its premise gives this bittersweet drama heart and a diverse cast provides the humor for my pick for best feel-good sleeper of 2011.
Martin Sheen’s son Emilio Estevez took great pains to present an accurate representation of what it's like along the route to the site where remains of Apostle St. James are believed to be buried. What results? A thoroughly entertaining must-see gem that will renew your faith in the human spirit.
Has beautiful cinematography, a fabulous soundtrack, and lots of laughs along the way.

Feb 13, 2015
  • harrybrowne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I never liked Martin Sheen but he is terrific in this funny, sad, emotionally charged indie film. Wonderful characters, beautiful scenery, and a great script make this all-too-human drama compelling viewing.

Feb 11, 2015
  • kevfarley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The best 'road' trip movie since "Easy Rider",.. excpt that this one actually goes somewhere ! Don't be put off by the "Catholic" association,.. as the gypsy says, "religion has nothing to do with it". Wonderful scenery and a real feel for the backpacker ambience along the journey. This film has been a wonderful vicarious and meaningful gift for me,.. because leg injuries will now prevent me from doing any more hiking, and I'll never be able to walk 'The Way'.

Jan 05, 2015
  • 0cho rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

An interesting movie that takes along the Camino de Santiago. I didn’t find anything great about this movie, lame story, lame characters. One thing this movie did for me is not want to walk the Camino de Santiago!

Jan 02, 2015

Buried treasure has surfaced again in the movie "The Way". KCLS has 29 copies, which indicates to me that originally there was quite a demand for the movie. Maybe you didn't see it though. You can have a copy within days if you placed a hold today January 2, 2015.. The movie stars Martin Sheen as a father who is on a journey. I really am reluctant to add any more details. You can expect the movie to be entertaining and at the same time inspirational. Since I saw the movie, I am surprised how often I reflect back on what I gained from watching "The Way". As always, thanks for reading the above.
PS: I should have mentioned that Martin Sheen's son Emilio Estevez is the Director. It goes without saying, I was impressed with his work.

Nov 27, 2014
  • ThunderMusic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I cannot rate this movie high enough. I could critique aspects of it, but any of those critiques would simply be petty comments about how quick and easy the movie makes this pilgrimage appear - of course it is harder than they make it appear, life is always harder than the movies make it appear.
What I took away from this movie is likely to stay with me the rest of my life, so Estevez was successful in changing lives with this movie.
If you haven't already, please borrow it and change your own.

Sep 11, 2014
  • hammer59 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding in every way! Uniquely original and indeed, a real treasure.

Evokes similar qualities often found in warmer, lighter yet still profound European films, but told from an American perspective.

Ever so rarely does a film touch the heart and soul so. Magnafique!

Aug 18, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting story premise with great promises on life enlightenment ... and did not disappoint.

Jul 10, 2014
  • feyalvir rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting movie by Emilio Estevez. It starred his father who played his father not a far stretch. I was entertained by the many possibilities the movie touched on.

May 24, 2014

What a wonderful movie ! having read the pilgrimage books by Robert Sibley and others it was great to see the video footage along the Camino De Santiago and in the churches and cathedrals. The coverage of Finisterre was more pleasant than in the books. Sheen's snap decision to walk the 800 K was somewhat ill advised. I understand that 3 to 6 months training is usual and even then the pilgrims run into major blister,muscle and joint problems. In this movie, the blistering pace, pun intended, was not to be believed. If the pain and hardships along the Camino had been emphasized the apparent religious reconvertion at the end would have been more realistic. Anyhow, God Bless Hollywood: we liked it

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Aug 18, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Jack: You know, when I was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Dublin, I wanted to be W.B. Yeats or James Joyce. But good writers usually die broke, so after I left college, I wrote for travel mags. Thought I'd do that for a while, put some money away and then get down to the novel. 20 years later, here I am, still writing for travel magazines. I'm not feeling sorry for myself. It's the life I chose.
Tom: Jack, you write whatever you want about all this, what you saw, how you felt. You write it like it happened. You write the truth.
Jack: I'll do my best.

Aug 18, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Monolith got the best quote that "You don't choose a life, Dad. You live one." Here are a few others:

Sarah: Yeah, well, we keep walking at this pace, quitting isn't gonna be the problem. Surviving will be. Doesn't this guy (referring to Tom) ever stop to smell the flowers? This isn't a race.
Joost: No, it isn't.
Sarah: Then why does it pxzz me off so much that I haven't seen him
stop to take a break? I mean, why does something that should be inspirational make me so... angry? Totally irrational.
Joost: Same could be said for this entire journey.
Sarah: Wonder how old he is.
Joost: Older than us.

Feb 17, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Daniel: "You should fly with me." Tom: "What?" Daniel: "You should fly with me." Tom: "Yeah, right." Daniel: "Turn the car around, pack a bag... grab your passport, forget your golf clubs... C'mon, a father son trip - it'll be fun." Tom: "...When you comin' back?" Daniel: "I don't know." Tom: "So you don't have a plan." Daniel: "We agreed that if I let you take me to the airport, you wouldn't lecture me about how I'm ruining my life." Tom: "I lied. ...You know, most people don't have the luxury of just picking up and leaving it all behind, Daniel." Daniel: "Well I'm not most people. If I don't have your blessing, that's fine. Don't judge this - don't judge me." Tom: "My life here might not seem like much to you, but it's the life I choose." Daniel: "You don't choose a life, Dad... you live one."


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Mar 19, 2012

Tom goes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to collect the remains of his adult son, who was killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago. 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... James Nesbitt, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, Martin Sheen.


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