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
This film has had an extended stay at the arts cinema near me. And no wonder! I saw it last night and found it deeply moving. It is a modern-day version of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," where diverse, quirky people meet on the trail during a pilgrimage to a sacred place. You'll laugh and brush away a few tears when you see it. Loved this film.
This movie offers a number of things that work very well: First the Cinematography is amazing, Second the story line is not your normal run of the mill movie script, it offers a deeper meaning into search for oneâs life meaning.
I would highly recommend this movie to anyone that is bored with todayâs mass produced/typical Hollywood flims.
I really liked this movie. Nice to see a character that accepts serendipity and at the same time you root and hope for more of his unexpected failures and triumphs. It was a nice movie for this 30 something.
This is a powerful movie about a father's journey to bury his son. Martin Sheen's performance was outstanding. I agree the Sarah character was a little over the top but I don't feel it distracted from the father's overall journey.
I traveled the northern route of Spain from near the French border in a car with a friend several years ago. I rented the movie to remind myself of that time and the beauty of Spain. I wept as the characters reached Santiago de Compostella because this movie captured so well what it is like to go before the site of St. James burial in that incredible Cathedral. That trip changed me as it changed these fabulous characters. The movie captured exactly how the transition of traveling across Spain to Santiago and onto the sea sets up an inner transformation. What a treat! Good story. Great acting. Marvelous direction.
I agree with the previous poster to say the that the actor playing Sarah was just too over the top and distracted from the story. This really was a wonderful story and should have been fine tuned just a bit more to be perfect.
This could have been a really good movie. The main story itself was a good one, but it got too theatric and overdone in parts. What really wrecked it for us was Deborah Kara Unger's role, it just was bogus and far-fetched and the acting weak and distracting, so much so that we'd laugh when it wasn't supposed to be funny. But worth a watch and it's nice to see Estevez and Sheen together. We kept waiting for a Charlie cameo on the trail where he'd say you know what this is about? Winning!
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.