Last night while I was looking at Blockbuster for a movie to rent this weekend, I came across an Indie film written and directed by Emilio Estevez called The Way, starring Martin Sheen. After watching it today, I am so glad that I took a chance on this film.
The Way was filmed entirely in France and Spain along the Way of St. James, also known as the “El Camino de Santiago”. It’s a beautifully filmed movie.
Given that one of the supporting characters is a writer with writer’s block and the spiritual messages of the film, it’s no wonder that I would love the movie. Being at a point where I need to decide which road to take in certain areas of my life, I found this film to be a profound reminder that the journey matters so much in life, and it’s so easy to get caught up in our lives and miss what truly matters.
My youngest son watched the movie with me, and it almost felt like the two of us were on the journey through France and Spain. I visited France and Spain while living in Germany for several months in 1989, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been to Europe. Both of my sons have traveled with me all over America, but we have yet to travel outside of America together. After watching this film, I’m considering taking the two of them with me on a pilgrimage someday to see the places the film so beautifully captures.
If you haven’t seen or heard about the film, I suggest you rent it.
P.S. I was greatly amused by Emilio Estevez’s twitter profile for the movie:
Actor/Writer/Director and Winemaker. There is no Tiger Blood or Adonis DNA in my body. However, currently I do have a tapeworm.
Have to love his sense of humor!