The Way

The Way

Emilio Estevez (2010)

12 Certificate


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Emilio Estevez directs his real-life father, Martin Sheen, in this uplifting film about journeys both physical and spiritual. Sheen stars as an American doctor who backpacks the world-famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in memory of his son (played by Estevez), who died while walking it. In the process, and with the help of a motley bunch of fellow pilgrims (including James Nesbitt as an Irish writer), he rediscovers his own sense of identity and reconnects with the son he lost. Like its pilgrims, the film does rather plod, while the characters and situations are ripe with cliché and stereotype. However, Sheen is on good form, the Basque-country locations look great, and the gentle, meditative messages within the film make it hard to dislike.


A doctor travels to France to retrieve the body of his son, who died retracing the journey of a historical pilgrimage through the Pyrenees. He decides that he will complete the trek in his son's honour, and acquires a number of travelling companions all looking for meaning in their lives. Comedy drama based on the book by Jack Hitt, starring Martin Sheen, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt and Emilio Estevez, who also directed.

Cast & Crew

Tom Martin Sheen
Sarah Deborah Kara Unger
Jack James Nesbitt
Joost Yorick van Wageningen
Daniel Emilio Estevez
Capt Henri Tcheky Karyo
Phil Spencer Garrett
Angelica Angela Molina
Director Emilio Estevez
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Drug abuseAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 13 May 2011
Drama Comedy