BY FR RICHARD LEONARD SJ
The Way. Starring Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Yorick van Wageningen, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt. Written and directed by Emilio Estevez. 123 minutes. Rated PG (Mild themes, drug use and coarse language).
Ever since Tom’s (Martin Sheen) wife died, his relationship with his only child Daniel (Emilio Estevez) has been fraught. In dealing with his grief, Daniel takes flight, from his doctoral studies, from his father and from the USA.
Under the guise of being a cultural anthropologist on field studies, David tries running away from himself and his pain. Daniel finds his way to the Pyrenees where he begins the medieval pilgrimage, now called The Camino (The Way).
Ill prepared, he dies from exposure in the early days of his pilgrimage. Tom leaves his practice as an ophthalmologist in California and goes to claim his son’s body at St. Jean Pied de Port, France.
The Way is a wonderful and moving achievement. It is very rare for me to say that I think every Catholic secondary school student should see a film, but The Way is it. And I know that almost every person of faith will find here a genuinely faith-filled experience.
Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting.
The Way (Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting)