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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 03:32 PM
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I saw "The Way" last weekend.
If you're looking for a holiday movie - you might as well go with the scrappy underdog. Humorous, beautifully shot, and not as pro-Catholicism as you might expect - it's just good to see a movie that's about something as opposed to cheap thrills and dark cynicism. I give it a solid B+.

The Way is a 2010 American drama film. It is a collaboration between Martin Sheen and his real life son Emilio Estevez, to honour the Camino de Santiago and promote pilgrimage. Not wanting to appeal to one demographic, Emilio Estevez called the film "pro people, pro life not anti anything."<1><2>


Thomas Avery is an American doctor who goes to France following the death of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees during a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, a Christian pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, also known as the Way of St. James. Tom's purpose is initially to retrieve his son's body. However, in a combination of grief and homage to his son, Tom decides to walk the same ancient spiritual trail where his son died in order to understand his son better.

While walking The Camino, Tom meets others from around the world, all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives. He reluctantly falls in with three other pilgrims in particular.

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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 07:12 PM
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1. Thanks for the reference link. I've been looking for this movie
But its limited release doesn't include my area, plus it's from 2010? One of the review talked Oscar, but does it count in 2011?

I'm interested in the travelogue side of it, the view of the oldest pilgrimage route.
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:18 PM
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2. it wasn't released in the US until 2011
not sure if that rules it out for this year though.

If you subscribe to Netflix, you can add it to your queue. It's already out on DVD worldwide, just not here yet.

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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:05 AM
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3. It is a really weak field of Oscar contenders...
...but as much as I'd like I don't see it getting more than maybe one or two nominations - maybe best original screenplay and a best actor nod for Martin Sheen.

It's more of a comedy of travelogues.
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