The Way – Featuring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez

Once in a while a movie comes along that makes you laugh, cry, think about the course of your life, where you’ve been and where you’re going.  The film, The Way, featuring Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez does just that.  Sorry Emilio, but whenever I see you, I think of The Breakfast Club and you pulling on the neck strings of your hoodie.  I really had no idea how talented he is.  He wrote and directed the film, which was shot entirely in Spain and France along the actual Camino de Santiago.

The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, is a spiritual journey that pilgrims of all faiths and backgrounds have walked for over a thousand years. It takes approximately 6-8 weeks to walk the path if you go 12-15 miles per day.  This journey lends itself to teamwork, solitude and the satisfaction of completing a goal.

Martin Sheen’s character walks the Camino in remembrance of his son played by Emilio.  Sheen plays the typical angry American who just wants to walk the path alone and be left alone.  The beauty of the journey of the Camino as in life, is that you cannot do it alone.  You must rely on others on a daily basis whether you like it or not.  As a loner myself, I really understood the changes that his character went through along the way.  The other people walking along with him are definitely a colorful bunch of pilgrims and I was easily able to identify with some part of all of them.

Through unexpected and oftentimes amusing experiences along “The Way,” Martin Sheen discovers the difference between “the life we live and the life we choose.”  Even if you never make it to Europe to walk the Camino, we’re all walking into our destiny everyday with every choice we make.

If you’ve seen this film and loved it, please comment below how it impacted you.  If you haven’t seen this movie yet, make sure to leave your thoughts and feelings once you see it!

About the Author: Lora Condon

Since 1998 Lora has been bringing her artistic skill and healing spirit to people from Toronto to D.C. Her work has appeared on Good Morning America, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times, Olive Garden, ESPN Sunday Night Football, Tony Award Winning Broadway show Blithe Spirit as well as many other celebrities and magazines.

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  • How wonderful to find anhetor interested in Pilgrimage. Especially the Camino. It is in deed a way to walk into Your New Story to change the one you were living before you set off on the pilgrimage. I, too am very interested in seeing the movie The Way that Emilio Esteves and Martin Sheen have produced!

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