“The Way” is an inspiring film about Tom (played by Martin Sheen) who arrives in France to collect the remains of his estranged son Daniel (played by Emilio Estevez). Tom decides to continue his son’s pligrimage to walk Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of St. James. He does this to honour the memory of his son who died on the first day of his pilgrimmage, to understand his son better and to deal with his deep sadness.
Along the way, Tom meets a Dutchman, a Canadian, and an Irishman who become his friends and travelling companions. As he honours his son’s memory by embarking on the pilgrimmage he learns the difference between the life you choose and the life that you live.
Many pilgrims walk the Camino de Santiago each for their own individual reasons. The way each one of us walks is a personal journey where some stretches we must do alone. I was smiling at the end of the film as I reflected on my own pilgrimage through this life. The film honours the challenges we face in navigating a complicated world and also the importance of truly living. It was a film that I enjoyed a great deal that was well worth the two hours viewing time.