While his brother Charlie grabs media attention for his wild living, Emilio Estevez and father Martin Sheen have instead spent their time making this subtle and pensive examination of grief and personal notions of faith. Sheen’s outstanding as the emotionally repressed father who, upon receiving news of the death of his supposedly wayward son (Estevez) while the latter was beginning the pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago, decides in a rare moment of spontaneity to complete the 800km walk in his son’s memory.
With echoes of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, he reluctantly acquires companions along the way, including Deborah Kara Unger and James Nesbitt, each with their own reasons for undertaking such a daunting trek. A film of quiet power and beauty, The Way is just as interested in the revelations afforded by the spiritual journey as it is in the glorious vistas provided by the French and Spanish landscapes, captured in all their splendour by cinematographer Juan Miguel Azpiroz. (Notes by Kevin Coyne