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By Megan Bianco
There’s always one member of a family who wants to break away and be his own identity. And in Hollywood families, plenty of examples abound: Olivia de Havilland, Nicolas Cage and Catherine Deneuve to name a few. Another would be Emilio Estevez, whose father is Martin Sheen and brother, Charlie Sheen. Emilio’s been the low-key member of his famous family in between brat pack movies and the Mighty Ducks franchise. The last decade though, he has decided to focus more behind the camera with films such as the ensemble period piece Bobby (2006) and now the personal journey piece The Way.
When Dr. Thomas Avery (Sheen) discovers that his son Daniel (Estevez) has been killed trekking El Camino de Santiago across Spain, he decides to take his son’s ashes across the trail himself as a way of coming to terms with his loss. Along the way, he meets up with some other travelers with their own personal struggles: chain-smoking Sarah (Deborah Kara Unger), chubby Joost (Yorick van Wageningen) and Jack (James Nesbitt) with writer’s block. Daniel also appears in flashbacks and hallucinations as motivation for Tom throughout the journey.
The Way is a very personal and loving film from start to finish. It’s clear that Estevez really does care for not only the characters he’s brought to life on screen, but also the country and history they are experiencing. For spiritual inspiration and Spanish culture appreciation, The Way is the film for you.
San Clemente resident Megan Bianco is a senior at Cal State, Northridge majoring in screenwriting and film criticism. She is a graduate of the California Conservatory of the Arts and JSerra Catholic High School.