Many say Life is about the journey and less of the destination! With our goals and success obsessed western world, how many pay attention to the path, but the summit? My argument has always been “so what” when you finally reach it? set another goal? for most I bet that will be the answer, but what about just let it be, and let life takes you.
Tom (Martin Sheen) is all settled in his life and lifestyle. An optometrist with his own practice doing fairly well, who can afford to play 18 holes with his buddies in the afternoon at a private club. Until bad news come along and take him off to a journey he never would have taken if his son didn’t die in an accident while on his pilgrimage to el camino de santiago.
Daniel(Emilio Estevez), the son, let life chooses his destiny; hence, the pilgrimage.
Along the way, Tom meets captain Henri (Tchéky Karyo), who found his son, a Dutch Joost (Yorick van Wageningen), a Canadian Sarah (Deborah Kara Unger), and an Irish Jack (James Nesbitt), and the story unfolds as they pass through the 800 km of hills, farms, villages, cities, landmarks, … they all have a goal in mind, did they get what they wanted when they reach the cathedral? or more? As I say at the beginning, it is about the journey, there is no point of telling you the detail of this film, you will have to follow along.
Unlike the messages-laden The Celestine Prophecy (2006), this is a bit more organic, and certainly those ideas of coincidences, destiny, journey-mates, … resonant here.
If you don’t go for the story or theme, at least the scenery then. Some of them are quite serene, beautiful and powerful. Or it may inspire you to take the pilgrimage itself…perhaps, eh?!.