THE WAY is a gift from Emilio Estevez to his father Martin Sheen. It’s a film that is full of deep faith and belief. Nominally it’s a Catholic tale but it is a film that actually transcends being about one religion to speak about anyone’s spiritual quest.
The film is the story about a father (Sheen) who goes to Europe to claim the body of his estranged son (Estevez) who was killed while walking Spain's Santiago de Compostela. After his son’s body is cremated Sheen packs the ashes in his backpack and heads off to complete the journey.
This is a really good movie. Billed as a spiritual film when it was originally released the film developed a strong following among those who saw it but kind of slipped from view since many people thought it was going to be preachy and never took a look. The film is now returning for a special one night only screening on May 16th and if you’ve never seen it, it really is worth your time.
I have always liked THE WAY. I’ve seen it several times over the years and every time I run across it I tend to stop to watch a couple of minutes…which turns into a trip until the end. Yea it’s one of those. Far from being preachy the film is instead simply a look at one man trying to find his way out of his own personal darkness and instead finds away to reconnect to life.
This is a lovely little film that will make you feel good and make you want to go out and be among people.
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