First look: trailer for Emilio Estevez's "The Way"

I have to say: this looks really good.

The website for the film describes its genesis, with star Martin Sheen undertaking the trek through Spain and later discussing the possibilities of a movie about the fabled pilgrimage trail with his son Emilio.  This film is the result.  It opens in October.

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16 responses to “First look: trailer for Emilio Estevez's "The Way"”

  1. It looks very poignant.

    Someone posted a comment on YouTube wondering why Xharlie isn’t in the movie. I responded, “Because Charlie is the son who died, but not on the pilgrimage. — Luke 15:32” Let’s pray for Charlie, that he may come to Life again and bring joy to his father’s old age.

  2. FYI Trivia:

    Martin Sheen took his “stage name” Sheen from Bishop Fulton Sheen. Suspect there is some good “karma” there!

  3. Making the Way of St. James is on my “bucket list.” (After all, Shirley McLain did it.) I would not start at Vézelay, France and travel by foot over the Pyrenees as they did in medieval times.

    Klaire: I like trivia. (As a matter of fact, sometimes when I look back on my life, it seems like it was one big “Trivial Pursuit”)

    During the war of American Independence, John Adams was ordered by Congress to go to Paris to obtain funds for the cause. His ship started leaking and he disembarked with his two sons off the west coast of Galicia, Spain. In order to get to Paris overland, he proceeded to follow the Way of St. James in the opposite direction. In his autobiography, he writes:

    “ I have always regretted that We could not find time to make a Pilgrimage to Saint Iago de Compostella.”

  4. I had the opportunity to see this movie on a recent flight back from Europe (not sure why the airlines are already showing it). The movie is indeed a poignant, refreshing and honest look at the many motivations behind pilgrimage, and the way faith unfolds to transform the lives of believers. However, what makes the film particularly powerful is the ghost of Charlie (lost son AND lost brother), who haunts the entire film. I have often wondered why the Sheen family has not publicly responded to the turmoils of Charlie. Perhaps this film is their answer. If it is, then “The Way” is not just a film about pilgrimage, but rather a beautiful documentary of one family’s agony to make sense of their loss, and the way faith inspires their journey.

  5. This film was in the cinema here in Ireland about 3 months ago at least. Unusual that it should be released in Europe before it’s release in the States. A wonderful film in my opinion and not as religious as I thought it would be – meaning that it is subtlely so. And it is all the better for that fact in my opinion as it will appeal to a wider audience – the kind of people Sheen’s character encounters along the camino that is. I’ve noticed an awful lot of friends are talking about walking the camino next year and I’d say it’s because they’ve seen this film.

  6. Thanks for the tip. My sons are married with children and are on either side of 40. Frequently we go on a hike in a state park (or the like) and then out to eat in a restaurant (Our civilized version of “Boy’s Night Out.”)
    When the movie comes out it looks like I will treat my sons to a vicarious walk along the St. James pilgrimage route(and then take them to a Spanish -or Mexican- restaurant)
    It’s hard to evangelize your own adult children, but this looks like a great chance.
    Also, we need to support good movies that come out (like the ones about the Algerian martyr-monks or the founder of Opus Dei–and, if I remember correctly, a soon to be released movie about the Christeros in Mexico with Peter O’Toole.)

  7. “You don’t choose a life, you live one” says the son in the movie. How true; it is not about choice, it is about living.

  8. Movie was well made, I saw a screening. It was unfortunate that one of the key visuals in the movie is his scattering of his sons ashes along the trail and finally the rest of the remains into the ocean.

    Even though the father in the movie may or may not be a practicing Catholic, I find this a very confusing image when that becomes the climatic moment, i.e., “the scattering of ashes” with emotional music in the background. In a time where there is much confusion when the Catholic Church has been very clear that this is never appropriate, I could not recommend the movie. Artistically the story could have been adapted to not have this as the climax and could have added other artistic ways of making the same point without creating this confusion. After watching the movie as a priest, I thought to myself, I would love to promote this type of movie, but do not feel like I could give it an endorsement because of a blatent disregard for the respect for the “dignity of the body” and the proper burial that ashes should receive. There are enough up-hill battles with the culture to have people walk away with a misguided understanding of a respect for ashes and their proper burial, especially from a Catholic director and writer.

  9. We were fortunate enough to see the movie last night in Phoenix. I agree there were some things that concerned me, particularly the spreading of ashes along the Camino and the closing scenes, and the drug use

    Outside of that, it was well done, and impacted me on a number of levels. I would still endorse the movie and encourage anyone to see it.

    On another note, my daughter wants to walk the Camino with me some day.

  10. I saw the film when it came out here in Ireland and I was not too impressed by it – it seemed self-indulgent. It struck me as odd that the son’s decision to drop out of college and spend his life wandering the world without ever settling down anywhere was presented as self-evidently superior to the father’s suburban life. After all the Martin Sheen character had married and raised a child, had friends (OK we see them only at the country club but they still appear to be genuine friends), had presumably helped many patients during his career as an eye-doctor. The extent to which the Martin Sheen character is detached from all other responsibilities so he can go swanning off to Compostella is also IMHO a bit contrived.

  11. Fr. Brian hit the nail on the head! I completely agree. I’ve been excited for this to come out and now that I’ve watched the trailer I’m disappointed. It’s too bad they put so much emphasis on the spreading of ashes, especially because it’s something that many Catholics are confused about. Too bad.

  12. Deacon Greg. Do I sense that you might be feeling a tug to go? I got a chuckle from the trailer. When I went I saw maybe eight or nine Yanks in a month on the Way. As a pilgrimage, I highly recommend it. Buen Camino!

  13. Fr. Brian, you are right on! I saw the trailer and was very disappointed that the father was “spreading” the ashes of his son. It’s too bad that neither Emilio nor this father, Martin Sheen either did not know or disregarded Catholic teachings requiring the respectful burial of ashes. Hey, you two, if you read this, you are both very talented but when making a movie that espouses Catholicism, do some research — start with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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