Movie: The Way

Actors: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, Yorick Van Wageningen

Director: Emilio Estevez

This is the story of an American father who travels to France to retrieve the body of his estranged son, who died while attempting the pilgrimage to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela. He resolves to take the journey himself, in an effort to understand both himself and his son.

Emilio Estevez as Daniel, Martin Sheen as Tom, Deborah Kara Unger as Sarah, Yorick van Wageningen as Joost, James Nesbitt as Jack

A scene from the movie

The movie has a profoundly touching story, and all the performances are great —especially by Martin Sheen. It makes you want to go on a journey yourself.

The story involves a California doctor named Tom (Martin Sheen), whose son Daniel dies while attempting to complete the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James), a centuries-old pilgrimage over Spanish mountain country to the Cathedral de Santiago. Daniel was apparently religious. Tom is definitely not. He flies to Spain to identify his son’s body, oversees its cremation and decides on the spot to scatter the ashes along the Way that Daniel planned to trek. In a nice touch, he even uses Daniel’s backpack and hiking gear.