Camino de Santiago Movie: The Way, Starring Martin Sheen

The Way starring Martin Sheen
The Way starring Martin Sheen

Camino de Santiago Movie: The Way, Starring Martin Sheen

"A soulful and cinematic journey" 

 
While the Camino de Santiago was already a world famous pilgrimage before The Way movie came out, the movie certainly helped the Camino de Santiago become a household name. Starring Martin Sheen and directed by his son, Emilio Estevez, for a lot of pilgrims along the Camino it was this film that was the inspiration.

While there's definitely an element of 'Hollywood' about the film (it's definitely not a documentary!), it is surprising that so many of the meaningful moments, e.g. the moving self discovery, the forming of unlikely friendships, the tough sections of the trail leading to fond memories; are actually common experiences felt by all those who walk the Camino de Santiago.
 
 
The Way with Martin Sheen

The Way Movie Synopsis

Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. 
 
Driven by his profound sadness and desire to understand his son better, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage, leaving his "California bubble life" behind. Armed with his son's backpack and guidebook, Tom navigates the 800 km pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees, to Santiago de Compostela in the north west of Spain, but soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. 
 
While walking The Camino, Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman (Yorick van Wageningen) a Canadian (Deborah Kara Unger) and an Irish writer (James Nesbitt) who is suffering from a bout of "writer's block." 
 
From the hardship experienced along "The Way" this unlikely quartet of misfits create an everlasting bond and Tom begins to learn what it means to be a citizen of the world again, and discovers the difference between "The life we live and the life we choose". The Way movie was filmed entirely in Spain and France along the actual Camino de Santiago.
 

The Way Movie Trailer

 
 

Watch The Way Movie

If you would like to watch The Way movie, you'll be able to find a digital copy on Amazon or Apple iTunes. For Australians, it is currently available to view for free on SBS Movies until 30 June 2020.
 
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View our comprehensive range of affordable self guided and guided tours along the Camino de Santiago by clicking here.
 
Have you seen The Way? What did you think? Does it inspire you to walk the Camino de Santiago? Let us know in the comments below.
 
  
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