When the credits roll and the viewer is fulfilled, a movie can be classified as inspirational. "The Way" is a 2010 film written by Emillio Estevez and includes excerpts from the book "Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain" by Jack Hitt.
Martin Sheen stars a Tom, a doctor who tried to connect with his son just a little too late. His son (played by Emillio Estevez) died at the beginning of a journey known as the The Way of St. James or El Camino de Santiago. The pilgrimage begins in France and culminates in Spain. It is a personal journey that purports to heal the broken and we are all broken as depicted in the superb supporting cast.
The viewer is taken on this journey becoming friends with the four who trek together. The words of Tom’s son resonate in one’s mind, “You don’t choose a life, dad, you live it.” Tom finds out what that means, too.
He embarks on the historical pilgrimage by himself in deep mourning. He is befriended by three rather odd individuals. Each one is taking the walk for their own reasons, each one is broken and needs to heal. Tom would rather leave each one behind and bask in the darkness that comes when a loved one dies. The friends, however, refuse to leave Tom behind and gently assist him in the healing process.
The movie is filmed entirely in France and Spain. The scenery is beautiful. You may just decide to take this walk after viewing "The Way."