I have fallen in love with Emilio Estevez all over again.
As a kid, I loved him as Two-Bit in The Outsiders and as the Jock in The Breakfast Club. Tonight, I loved him in The Way, a movie he wrote and directed about a man (played by Martin Sheen) who goes to France to recover the body of his son who died while traveling the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage path through northern Spain.
I can’t say too much because this movie needs to unfold before your eyes. But do go see it.
I loved the setting. I loved the story. I loved seeing father and son play father and son. I loved the message of this film. And I loved the writing for this film. Not a word was wasted, and one particular phrase spoke to me as one character described another as someone “for whom kindness is an instinct.”
I wish I had written this movie. I hope to live an experience like the one depicted in this film. And I hope with all my heart that I will be remembered by those I encounter as someone for whom kindness was an instinct.