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All about us,
This review is from: The Way [DVD] (DVD)
I watched my own dvd of every photograph which has me in it entitled 'My Life in Pictures 1962 - 2004' before viewing The Way this evening and then settling down to write this appraisal. After viewing my dvd I was struck by how many people I used to be. Not just the faces of me, that I now identify, but the lives I have been. The people who shared. The communities we have been.
As I watched Martin Sheen's journey I was reminded of the journeys I've taken, the smiles I've captured and the warmth which caused me to grow. And the anxieties we leave behind. In the next few weeks I must write a four thousand word essay about 'gated communities' for a degree. There is a writer on Sheen's trek, I little too florid for me but his heart is in the right place and I'm sure his Irishness had one scene inspired by Godot. That's the thing with travelling; it opens the soul to the immediate and now, removing the habits of time and the lie of comforts. Free.
The conceits and the facades are gradually dissipated by the characters who embark upon The Way. Welcomed by strangers each with their own hidden lives, only the impermanence of passing faces brings out our better sides. And, of course, the joy of all that sunshine upon an uncluttered landscape easily frees the mind of shames.
Don't be surprised by all the music. It does travel with you and not always requiring batteries. This is a film about travelling. It may seem to be something of a whim for Tom (Sheen's character) but I understood his reasoning. He had the will, if not the gloves. It is life enhancing, to the point where you can never really be alone again. Some call it by a religion's name. I feel it in each step we take.
What I can not understand is why people build walls around themselves and call it community. The trough gets deeper. Rigid faces are lonely places. There is no written constitution for living. Only life. As best you can.