The Way

The Way

DVD - 2011
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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 WAY 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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JCLJoyceM Sep 02, 2017

Martin Sheen stars, trekking the Way of St. James, hoping to come to terms with the loss of his only son. Others bring their pain to the journey and find solace of sorts in each other. Sheen's real-life son directed the piece and portrays the son in flashbacks and visions.

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jacinthabrown
Jul 13, 2017

Martin Sheen's weary performance does little to detract from this surprisingly endearing film about a father who treks El Camino pilgrimage in his late son's footsteps. Quirky, heartwarming scenes are scattered throughout a robust script with well-constructed, at times amusing, dialogue and thought-provoking characters. Go off the beaten track with this fantastic little flick.

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Charlie68
Apr 26, 2017

The scenery is great the story not so much a bit disjointed.

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tenet
Feb 17, 2017

Rated 5/10. The rating is mainly for the scenery. I found this movie to be fairly boring.

LPL_MeredithW Nov 08, 2016

A small, thoughtful movie about faith, family, and the lengths that love requires of us, “The Way” follows a father’s decision to walk the Camino de Santiago in order to honor his adult son, who died in a storm while on the journey. Beautifully acted and profoundly moving.

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firefly5
Oct 04, 2016

At the start of this movie I understood the wish to retrace his son's steps. Moving on, I thought it was silly and ridiculous. Finally I fast forward this dvd and eventually ejected it. I would not recommend this movie.

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haileyj
Nov 07, 2015

I expected more from this movie because of the director and main character but was left feeling a bit empty at the end. The characters all seemed like they were "acting", not real people. The purpose each had for their walk wasn't that interesting and I didn't really care whether they fulfilled their own expectations. The movie was recommended to me and it didn't live up to the hype.

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kristiljohnson
Aug 31, 2015

A wonderful character driven movie with a beautiful backdrop. If you find yourself tired of comic movie blockbusters and wish to have an adult movie, acted well, about human experiences, this is a perfect weekend pic.

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bobbles1
May 31, 2015

Buen camino! This is a great movie, four broken people get healed as they walk the 800 km pilgrimage across France and into Spain, meeting colorful characters en route. Martin Sheen's character starts off aloof, proud and angry, but the stiff outer layer rubs off and he begins to "live life rather than choosing it" as his son said to him once. One of the other characters is a Canadian, if you want to catch a glimpse of how Canadianness fits in a world context, you can, it's interesting. The Sheen/Estevez family seems to have learned that suffering and loss bring us to a place where we can begin to bring love into the world.

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wiredonjava
May 22, 2015

The scenery along the well established trail was breathtaking at times. The sleeping arrangements, sub par. I think they dyed Martin's grey hair red and hair sprayed it for the film so much because it's thinning...but that's irrelevant. My favourite part was when the Dutchman was shoved off the police station steps and he rolled back with his pants falling down. lol, nice visual :D

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jimg2000
Aug 18, 2014

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.

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jimg2000
Aug 18, 2014

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.

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Monolith
Feb 17, 2013

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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phyllis49
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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