“The Way” available on DVD

The Way” a Camino de Santiago movie with Martin Sheen has now been released on DVD in both the USA and in Europe.

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’.
Summary of this film:

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.

14 Replies to ““The Way” available on DVD”

  1. 5 hours to complete the download…cant wait to see it !!!……knowing Martin Sheen, I know this film is a good one….those places are inside my heart, one part of my life is in the Camino….cant wait to go back !

    1. Hi Guillermo, where did you download? I would love to see it before I do the Camino in 3 weeks. Thank you.

    2. Hello,
      It would be really nice if you would share with the rest of us where you actually downloaded this from, as a search of the inter net has proved fruitless. Thank you.

  2. The site mentioned where you can purchase the movie is not accessible. Does anyone know where else it can be ordered from?

  3. I couldn’t wait to see the premiere of this movie at the Dublin Jameson Film Festival. I was so excited – and then so disappointed. To me, it didn’t reflect the Camino, mainly for those two reasons: after the initial mention that the Camino is hard and Martin’s character not the youngest any more, the whole “walk” seems literally a walk in the park. All the characters walk happily & briskely all the time, there is no effort, setback or injury. 800km (300 of which are covered in the movie) seem like a walk round the block. The other reason is that – though I do understand the “Wizard of Oz” idea behind the movie (as stipulated by the Sheens themselves), there is just no way anyone on the Camino would walk for weeks with other pilgrims he doesn’t want to be walking with! Yes, they grow together in the end, but to me…., the Camino is beautiful, amazing, and hard, and the last thing a pilgrim does is burden themselves with unwanted company. One of the main beauties is the fact that you have the luxury to be alone with yourself to think, and to choose when and with whom to walk. In the end ” The Way” was way too Hollywood for me. I suggest the French movie “Saint Jacques” by Coline Serreau, which is highly entertaining – and very truthful to the real Camino experience too!

  4. Several of the people I met while walking the Camino told me to watch it if I could- they all enjoyed seeing it. And then a fellow Kiwi Camino friend bought the DVD and loaned it to me this week. I found the whole movie very moving. Sure, the ‘pilgrims’ are awfully clean and never look sweaty…. but I found the storyline very engaging. And I loved seeing all the snippets of the landscape etc. Since Martin Sheen was carrying the exact same Carnet de Pelerin that I was given in SJPP, I was ‘hooked’ from the start…

  5. I have seen the movie multiple times now and really like it. As I have yet to walk the Camino this year I can’t judge yet how much it represents the real experience. But then I would expect that everybody will have a different Camino experience!

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