The Way

  • Type: Movies & TV
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Drama
  • Recommended by: Joe M.
  • ISBN/UPC: 796019823623
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A road trip movie that’s a pilgrimage instead of a party on wheels.

California optometrist Tom, played by Martin Sheen, travels to the Pyrenees Mountains to retrieve his son’s body and impulsively decides to go on the ancient pilgrimage, the Way of St. James, in northern Spain. Tom’s son was killed in an accident while making the trek a few days earlier. Tom isn’t prepared for a journey of many weeks, but as homage to his son he goes anyway. Other pilgrims travel part of the way with Tom; an overweight Dutchman, a cynical Canadian and an Irish author hike along. After some grouchiness, each of the main characters finds at least some healing or peace. The scenery was really lovely and a sense of the history of the pilgrimage really shone through. The Way is a quiet, thoughtful movie, with interesting characters you will care about.