A grieving father makes a pilgrimage to the Pyrenees in honor of his late son, and experiences a major epiphany during his journey down the Way of Saint James. When his adult son (Emilio Estevez) is killed during an excursion down a Christian pilgrimage route, California doctor Tom (Martin Sheen) vows to complete the treacherous journey. As Tom sets down the 800 km path with only his son's guidebook and backpack, he forges powerful bonds with three fellow travelers (Yorick Van Wageningen, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt, who alter his perspective of the world and remind him what it means to lead a meaningful life. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
A father completes a long hike with his son's ashes in tow, meeting quirky, often insane characters along the way. Interesting story with breathtaking scenery. It also takes a cynical look at redemption, with the characters completing their treks carrying just as much personal baggage as at the starting blocks, despite "religious" experiences along the way...but I guess that's just the way Catholics view life.
We found the movie to be pretty enjoyable. I was surprised by the amount of profanity and drinking, since it seemed to be a spiritual journey of loss for the Father's. But it was well acted, and we learned a great deal about this "way". We had never heard of it before.
This movie was simple, yet deeply poignant. Martin Sheen is of course fabulous as a grieving father continuing the journey started by his (late) estranged son. It was ingeniously directed, merging the foursome traveling together--unlikely to meet and associate in the "real" world, yet becoming close friends. I would highly recommend this movie.
I rented this movie only because I've been to Santiago De Compostela and I wanted to see the town and cathedral again. I was afraid the film would be too religious or sappy, but I found it to be an original, honest, and entertaining story about different people making a pilgrimage for different reasons, none of them religious in the strict sense. A great little movie that stays with you.