This drama by actor-writer-director Emilio Estevez (Bobby) is a familiar morality play about a stick-in-the-mud doctor (Martin Sheen) mourning his son's death by walking the historic Way of St. James from France to western Spain. Estevez strains to prove his earnestness at every turn, undermining the film's good intentions with a surfeit of explanatory dialogue and a sappy adult-contemporary soundtrack. But for all his awkwardness Estevez is undeniably sincere, regarding both people and nature with disarming good will and maintaining a steady, soothing pace that allows the life lessons to resonate. The solid supporting cast includes Deborah Kara Unger and James Nesbitt.
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