Martin Sheen’s character Dr. Thomas Avery travels Spain’s Camino de Santiago in the 2010 film “The Way,” confronting his struggles, sins and grief along the way. (Filmax/Elixir Films)‘The Way’
Martin Sheen’s character Dr. Thomas Avery travels Spain’s Camino de Santiago in the 2010 film “The Way,” confronting his struggles, sins and grief along the way. (Filmax/Elixir Films)‘The Way’

As the days grow shorter and humanity settles in for a fall and winter amid a pandemic, good films can help the spirit grow. Here are Catholic Sentinel staff picks for this season. 

The Way

2010, PG-13, Amazon Prime


When you can’t actually go on a really long hike following in the steps of St. James, what’s the next best thing? Probably have a series of really intense prayer sessions. But after that, you’d watch a movie about it.

“The Way” might just be the fall film you’re looking for to inspire you to grow in your relationship with others and with God. The 2010 film follows Martin Sheen’s character Dr. Thomas Avery as he walks Spain’s Camino de Santiago after the death of his son, played by Sheen’s real-life son Emilio Estevez, on the same trail.

For me, “The Way” did what I want a good movie to do. It gave me a couple of hours of escape. It let me look in on the challenging journeys of a group of people on the Camino and the many reasons that led them to complete the famous pilgrimage hike.

If you’re looking for a movie that constantly quotes Scripture, this isn’t the movie for you. The behavior of the characters also can’t be endorsed. For example, separating cremated remains is against church teaching, as is throwing them in the sea. However, if you’d like to watch a movie in which characters come to terms with real struggles and real sins, this is a lovely choice.