I've been fascinated with pilgrimage since my first visit to Conques in 2009. You may remember reading some of my blog posts about Conques and my adventures as a 'pilgrim imposter' there. The Way...called the "Chemin St. Jacques de Compostela" here in the Lot....runs from Figeac to Cajarc on the causse above Cadrieu. Occasionally pilgrims opt for a more scenic route along the river and pass right under my windows.This Way leads from Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Juan-Pied-de-Port where it crosses the border into Spain. There it is called the Camino, its final destination Santiago and the Cathedral of St. John. I would love to do the entire walk; in reality, I may have to settle for parts of it. Lots of people do just that...walk different pieces of the pilgrimage as they have time.
The Way," it is the work of Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. It had limited release in the States (not a Hollywood block-buster full of sex, violence and car chases!), but it is available on DVD, so I ordered it from Amazon. I watched it this weekend and am inspired, once again, to walk The Way. It's the story of an American man (Martin Sheen) who travels to St. Juan to claim his son's body. Daniel (Emilio Estevez) was just beginning his pilgrimage walk when he was caught by a storm in the Pyrenees and killed. His father, Tom, decides to walk pilgrimage in his son's place, and the story proceeds from there. As he walks through Spain, Tom is befriended by three fellow pilgrims, each, like Tom, with his own reasons for walking. I've provided the trailer for you. It's a wonderful movie, well-acted with gorgeous cinematography. If you get a chance, watch "The Way."
Thank you, YouTube!