2011 (PG-13) 115 min. USA
Director: Emilio Estevez
Cast: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, James Nesbitt, Deborah Kara Unger, Yorick Van Wageningen
A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM IN THE STOCKER CINEMA HALL.
Tom, an American doctor, comes to France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Comino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. 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 and his “California Bubble Life.” Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. On The Way, Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, each with their own issues and looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman, a Canadian, and an Irish writer who is suffering from a bout of writer’s block. From the unexpected and oftentimes amusing experiences along The Way, this unlikely quartet of misfits creates an everlasting bond and Tom begins to learn what it means to be a citizen of the world again. Through Tom’s unresolved relationship with his son, he discovers the difference between “the life we live and the life we choose.”
“There’s a contemplative loveliness to THE WAY, an affecting personal project both for Emilio Estevez, who wrote, directed and plays a small role, and for his father, Martin Sheen.” – Lisa Schwarzbaum, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“Gentle, likable and profoundly touching, it makes you want to dig out the hiking boots and make the same journey.” – Angie Errigo, EMPIRE