Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Way

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Way

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Directed by Emilio Estevez (Arc Entertainment, 2011)

If contemplation, as the mystic and spiritual writer William McNamara once said, is "a long, loving look at the real," Emilio Estevez's understated drama of loss, recovery, and reconciliation is a celebration of the ties that make a life worth the journey.


Tom (Martin Sheen) is a California ophthalmologist whose 40-year-old son Daniel (Emilio Estevez) has died suddenly while making an 800-mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago to the reputed burial place of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Though he no longer thinks of himself as a religious person, the grieving father decides to complete his deceased son's trek through hundreds of miles of mountainous Spanish countryside.

Along the way the reluctant Tom encounters and is begrudgingly attached to a motley band of other pilgrims. Joost, a chipper and chatty Dutchman, feels like an uninvited party guest who does not know when to leave. …

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