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The Way [DVD]


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  • Actors: Martin Sheen, James Nesbitt, Deborah Kara Unger, Emilio Estevez
  • Directors: Emilio Estevez
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CUC100
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as 'The Way of Saint James'.

Driven by his profound sadness and desire to understand his lost son, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage, leaving his California life behind.

Armed only with his son's backpack and guidebook, he begins the 800km historical pilgrimage but soon discovers that he won't be alone on this journey - he meets other pilgrims from around the world, all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives.

From the hardship experienced along "The Way" an unlikely group of misfits are bonded and Tom begins to learn the difference between "The life we live and the life we choose."

The Way was filmed entirely in Spain and France along the actual Camino de Santiago.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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133 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
This was clearly a very personal project for director/producer/writer Emilio Estevez, who drafted in the heavyweight services of his father Martin Sheen for their third collaboration together. Estevez clearly has plenty of talent which he displays with this well intentioned if a little predictable affair. Thankfully the films earnestness, its good humour, and the characters who you begin to warm to as they trudge their way along the Camino de Santiago a famous Spanish pilgrimage route, steer the film away from the well of tearful sentiment it could have plunged headlong into. The recent Australian film "The Tree" cleverly used a giant fig tree as the metaphor for grief. In this film it is all about the journey, and although it is all on foot, this is a road journey if ever there was one.

In the film Martin Sheen's son, played by Estevez himself in flashback, dies whilst attempting to make the great pilgrimage. Eye surgeon Sheen flys from the comfort of his Californian home to France to collect the ashes. Sheen never able to fully understand his sons philosophy towards life, "you don't choose a life, you live one", decides to complete the walk himself for his dead son, and in the process gain a better understanding of his only child. Along the way he meets an assortment of characters. A fat Dutchman walking the route to lose weight so that his wife will sleep with him again. An irritating Irish author played by James Nesbitt, and a Canadian divorcee played by Deborah Kara Unger who suffered past brutality at the hands of a cruel husband. The typical sort of mixed bunch in need of a bit of redemption, which they duly receive along the way. Dutch actor Yorick Van Waginingen shamelessly steals the show as the fat Dutchman, with laugh out loud comments like "if its not Dutch its not much".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. Parry on 1 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
The Way is my favourite release this year so far.

I originally went to see it at the cinema as I had some time on my hand and was there for a coffee. I looked at the film schedule and read the synposis. As I like Martin Sheen and James Nesbitt in almost everything I have seen them do I went in. I was also aware of the old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela with its history and underground conspiracy theory histories. I am not at all religious but I am interested and wanted to see the sights along The Way.

The countryside, and the filming of it, is fabulous. The storyline is full of clever wit. It has pathos and is uplifting as the four main characters unveil more about themselves as the journey progresses. You cannot fail to me moved and uplifted by this great film
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Keith Allen on 20 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
This is a most inspiring film which shows that in tragedy we can find solutions in the most unexpected places. In this film the father walks in the footsteps of his lost son, and meets people who in the normal course of his life he would have had no time for. The walk is a metaphor for our journey in life - that we often find ourselves on paths not of our choosing - but with a steadfast manner and an open heart we can reach salvation for our inner turmoil and put those parts of our lives that trouble us into perspective.
This is the story of all Pilgrims across the ages.
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94 of 99 people found the following review helpful By haunted on 27 July 2011
Format: DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Way". It is the story of an American father (Martin Sheen) who goes to Europe to collect the body of his son, who has been killed in an accident while starting the pilgrimage known as "The Camino de Santiago". The "Camino" starts in France and finishes in North Western Spain.

He decides to finish the route with his son's ashes. I feared that the movie would be too sentimental for my liking but this is not the case.

Thanks to some excellent acting and a well-written script we get to see into the lives of Sheen's character and the companions he meets along the way. They are all doing the pilgrimage for their own reasons but the movie never becomes maudlin as it explains their stories.

A lot of credit must go to Sheen's son, Emilio Estevez, who directed and wrote the story.
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102 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 July 2011
Format: DVD
This could have been a sloppily sentimental, mawkish Hollywood movie. Or it could have been a deeply depressing European art-house film full of bitter regret. Instead, `The Way' veers to neither extreme and treads a careful path somewhere in between.
`The Way' examines the nature of pilgrimage, the father-son bond, interaction between strangers, the reality of loss and how different people deal with it, and how new friendships can develop from the most harsh moments in life. The first act is extremely moving, as Martin Sheen's character struggles to cope with his son's sudden death. The father is wrenched from his comfortable middle-class life in suburban American, hurled into motion by the news that his wayward 30-something son has died while undertaking an extreme pilgrimage on foot across 500 miles of Spanish mountains.
From then, the rural landscape becomes one of the central characters in the film; harsh, beautiful, threatening, supportive - and sensitively captured and revealed in a series of segments which follow Sheen's footsteps through rain, shine and suffering. He's joined by other pilgrims on the trail and encounters a cross-section of humanity at way-stations along the route.
`The Way' isn't entirely free of cultural stereotypes, So the Dutch pilgrim carries half a pharmacy of recreational chemicals around with him; the Irish writer is a fast-talking braggart; the gypsies dance by firelight and lean toward light-fingered habits but underneath are a sensitive, honourable people, and so on. But the Americans laugh at themselves, and the grieving father isn't portrayed as a kind of saint; his feet are made of clay, too. And he's man enough to admit it.
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