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 Post subject: The Way [2010] (Nero's way?)
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I enjoyed it, didn't see it as religious, more about people and their quirks.
Don't like Sheen's politics, but he's a good actor, so was the rest of the cast.

A good copy of the movie is at the end of Fr Daniel's review.
Monday, October 10, 2011
The Way [2010]

MPAA (I) CNS/USCCB (A-III) Roger Ebert (3 Stars) Fr. Dennis (3 1/2 Stars) ... 0/way.html

Widower, opthamologist Tom (played by Martin Sheen) from Ventura, California (on the Pacific Coast Highway, between Santa Barbara and L.A.) with a grown but wayward only son gets the phone call that all parents dread: His son, Daniel (played by Emilio Estevez), has died. Daniel, who had been studying for a doctorate in cultural anthropology had quit grad-school, calling it a waste of time and had gone out into the world to witness for himself the things that he had been studying. Even as Tom is listening to the French gendarme calling from the foothills of the Pyrenees telling him of Daniel's death, Tom's mind flashes back to the last time he saw his son -- as he was driving him to the airport in a driving rain getting a lecture from him about how he (the father) had chosen "to never really live." Tom packs his bag and flies to France to retrieve the body of his son.

When Tom reaches the Pyrenees a day-or-two later and identifies the body, the English-speaking gendarme Capt. Henri (played by Tcheky Karyo) who had talked to him on the phone, explains to him that Daniel had apparently just set off to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The Camino was a famous medieval pilgrimage route that begins in the French Pyrenees and continues to the northwestern corner of Spain at the town of Santiago de Compsostela where by tradition the body of St. James the Apostle was to be found.

Niether Tom nor Daniel had been particularly religious. However, as a cultural anthropologist Daniel could have found the tradition of this Camino interesting. Daniel apparently had set-off to make the journey alone, and probably against the advice of the locals, walked straight into a snow storm and died.

The genderme, who had made the Camino three times in his life, hands over to Tom Daniel's backpack and "Camino passport" which it would have been stamped at all the towns and pilgrimage sites along the route and expresses his condolences. Daniel's passport had but one stamp, that of the town to which Tom had come to retrieve his body at the start of the journey.

Spending the night in a pension with Daniel's backpack and all-but-empty passport, Tom comes back to the gendermarie (police station) the next day, asks that Daniel's body be cremated, calls his secretary back in Ventura, CA telling her to simply move his appointments to another doctor for the next several months and decides to make the pilgrimage for his son himself. Touched, the genderme arranges what needs to be arranged. A few days later with Daniel's backpack and box of ashes, Tom sets off on his journey receiving the blessing of Capt. Henri wishing him a "buen camino." And an adventure of a lifetime ensues.
Movie in English, good copy.

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