"The Way" Filmed in France and the Tradition
"The Way" filmed in the Pyrénées of Spain and France
Last year, Emilio Estevez filmed "The Way" in the medieval town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port iin South of France along the Spanish border. It's about a father (Martin Sheen) who makes the pilgrimage (like so many others every year) following the death of his son (Emilio Estevez) in the area. The spiritual film was entirely filmed in France and Spain.
"The Way of St James" has existed for over a thousand years. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem pilgrimages. Legend holds that St. James's remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried on the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela. (Wikipedia)
Traditionally, tens of thousands of Christian pilgrims and many other travellers set out each year from popular starting points across Europe, to make their way to Santiago de Compostela. Most travel by foot, some by bicycle, and a few travel on horseback or by donkey. The trail is almost made for modern-day students who are trying to do self-discovery.
The Spanish consider the Pyrenees a starting point of "The Way of the St. James" walk. A common starting point along the French border is Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees. According to Estevez, they visited some of the Basque farmers in the area and they invited them to try some of the cheese they produce in the mountains. Some several hundred miles away is also the Bordeaux region where they were able to visit vineyards. Estevez grows Pinot grapes in California.